| The settling
of the Dolomites
It was at the end of the glacial period some 11,000 years ago
when the frosted crust covering the Dolomites started to melt,
leading the glaciers to retreat. Various plants and animals penetrated
into even the highest mountain regions, followed by the hunters
of the Stone Age period.
After this first form of economic exploitation of the Dolomites,
there were innumerable other strenuous phases of settlement. Hundreds
of generations worked hard clearing woodland and opening up the
territory in order to create a network of roads and settlements.
Fortified hamlets, cultural sites at high altitude and cross-regional
trade bear witness to the first organised settlement systems.