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Panorama of lake Mercurago © MiBACT

  Arona (NO)  |     Mercurago

Short description

At the natural park Lagoni di Mercurago the ancient peatland preserves a pile dwelling dated to the Middle Bronze Age, discovered in the nineteen fifties and sixties. The best-known exhibits are the wooden wheels, saved at the time of discovery because plaster casts were made immediately. Other important finds, such as weapons and personal ornaments, are proof that the village was part of a vast network for commerce and exchange of technical knowledge. Unluckily, intense peat extraction during the mid-nineteenth century has irreparably damaged part of the archaeological site, still surrounded by the scenic landscape of the Lagoni.

Bronze Age

Middle Bronze Age, 1600 - 1300 B.C.

Lago di Mercurago

289 m.a.s.l.

Size of the site 5,15 ha / approx. 5 soccer pitches

Size of the bufferzone 270,06 ha / approx. 378 soccer pitches

Special features & highlights

Among the most famous finds there are some wooden wheels.

The mould of the transport wheel © MiBACT

Current activities

Inside the natural park Lagoni di Mercurago.

Pile Dwellings up close

The site is not visible, but can be visited.

Musei Reali di Torino - Museo di Antichità
Piazzetta Reale, 1 Torino
to the website

Opening hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 9.00 a.m.-7.00 p.m.

Museo Archeologico di Arona Khaled al-Asaad
Piazza San Graziano, 36 Arona (NO)
to the website

Opening hours
Sunday 3.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m.