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Neolithic blade found in excavations on Castelgrande hill (Castelgrande, Museum of Archeology).

Prehistoric settlement

Evidence of continued human presence in the region of Bellinzona as far back as the Neolithic period (4th millennium before Christ), was found in burial sites and isolated remains of buildings. In the urban area of Bellinzona, traces of prehistoric occupation were mainly found on the rocky outcrop of Castelgrande, dating from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages. Situated on the rock, the site was easy to defend and therefore attracted artisans anxious to protect their raw materials (quartz crystal, metals etc.) and artefacts from enemy hands.

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