Luigi Bernabò Brea

Luigi Bernabò Brea (Genua, 27 September 1910 – Lipari, 4 February 1999) was an Italian archaeologist.

A student of the Italian School of Archaeology at Athens, he was dedicated to the prehistoric and classical archaeology of Sicily, particularly the Aeolian Islands, where for many years he directed the Museo archeologico regionale eoliano, which is now dedicated to him. At first however, he was occupied by study of the prehistory of Liguria and the Aegean.

From 1939 to November 1941 he was the first Superintendent of the Superintendency for Antiquities in Liguria (now the Superintendency for archaeological goods of Liguria).

With Alcide De Gasperi in 1948 at the inauguration of the Archaeological Museum of Syracuse.

An early adopter of the stratigraphic method, which he applied in his excavation of Arene Candide (Finale Ligure), he also contributed, through this method, to the typological definition of the cultural facies of the neolithic in Italy and the Mediterranean. For thirty years he directed the Superintendency for Antiquities in Eastern Sicily and focused on defining the temporal concordences between the Eastern and Western Mediterranean civilisations. This work results from two archaeological excavations: those carried out in Liguria in the caves of Arene Candide and those performed on the acropolis of Lipari. Both revealed a very complete succession of stratigraphic layers which allowed diverse connections with other Mediterranean archaeological sites.


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