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Monday, August 22, 2016

Monaco 2016 - Centenary of the First Excavations at the Observatory Cave in Monaco’s Exotic Garden




COUNTRY: MONACO
ISSUE DATE: 24 June 2016
STAMP SIZE: 52 x 31.77 mm
CIRCULATION: 45 000 
STAMP DESIGN: Yves Beaujard




The year 2016 marks the centenary of the first excavations at the Observatory Cave in Monaco’s Exotic Garden. Begun in 1916, these excavations produced a major discovery: evidence of the earliest signs of human occupation in Monaco. Prince Albert I had long been convinced of the great archaeological potential of the site. The excavations revealed successive Palaeolithic occupations dating from 300,000 to 5,000 years ago. This year, the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology is planning to resume field activities using new methods and techniques of scientific analysis.  


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