The Venus and the Mammoth: the museums of Savignano sul Panaro


The Venus and the Mammoth: the museums of Savignano sul Panaro

La Venere di Savignano e un esemplare di Elefante Mammuthus: sono questi i protagonisti attorno a cui ruotano i due musei di Savignano sul Panaro. Entrambi sono legati a ritrovamenti archeologici fatti nella zona, popolata fin da tempi antichissimi.

The Venus and the Mammoth of Savignano. Savignano sul Panaro’s two museums centre around these two important finds. Both are linked to archaeological finds in the local area which has been inhabited since ancient times.

The Museum of the Venus of Savignano

The most important find in Savignano is the so-called, “Venere”, an ancient little “steatopygic” statue with a female appearance, dating back to the Upper Palaeolithic. Starting at the little statue at the centre of the exhibition (a copy, the original is in the Prehistoric Ethnographic Pigorini Museum in Rome) you can browse other reproductions of similar objects, be they Italian or European. 

These include the Venus of Lespugue (France), the Venus of Willendorf (Austria), the Venus of Chiozza di Scandiano (Reggio Emilia) and the Venus of Marmotta, recently found in Lazio and still widely unknown. A true journey into prehistoric art’s depictions of the female form.

The Mammoth Museum

The Mammoth Museum houses the skeletal remains of a mammoth that lived approximately 2 million years ago. A female mammoth, ancestor of the Mammuthus meridionalis which appeared in Europe at the end of Pliocene. You can also explore the models, educational panels and other copies of relics surrounding this important find.

This way you can really gain an understanding into the environment in which the mammoth lived, its fossilisation process, the evolution of Proboscidea, gigantism and dwarfism in animals and the development of tusks and trunks.

The most important archaeological finds of Savignano sul Panaro