When the son of “Signor Krull” - a manufacturer from a Prussian family with operations in Venice and Treviso - showed me my first stone arrow point, I was amazed. I was even more surprised - at the time still quite a young lad - when he began to tell me about how he had found the arrowhead on the slopes of Montello, a hilly area in the Province of Treviso, and the kind of stories that a piece of chipped stone could tell. His account was apparently only the description of an object but in fact it contained the story of a man, of many men and their community which had preceded us and had left tokens of their existence.
Since then I have never stopped interpreting traces of ancient life found near home and comparing them with evidence left by other people, animals, living beings or fossils all over the world. My story, like that of the Ligabue Study and Research Centre, all started from the curiosity that one man had awoken in me. Together we had tried to understand who had constructed, owned and used that arrow. We also tried to explore the landscape in which the owner lived, what he ate, what he believed in and how he behaved when faced with difficulties. Over the years these issues have become part of my studies and my life. Questions (and also answers) that I have shared with so many friends, collaborators and scientists in hundreds of expeditions, trips, studies and discoveries.
At the Study Centre we are fortunate to be able to share our work with as many people as possible. This has led to the production of books, films and our magazine. The first issue of Ligabue Magazine came out 30 years ago. At the time there were no mobile phones, PCs or Internet speak; even laboratory research projects seemed more modest. What inspired us, however, was a belief in science that provides explanations, in research that describes the life of man and in an effort that might help us understand our environment and our future. That is why we have travelled, taken photographs and written articles. We have greeted and retold the story of New Man whenever we came across him in mysterious or at times degraded settings. The story of peoples and their instruments, art and cultures.
The Study Centre has always acted in the awareness that the way to making discoveries is to work at the edges, understand the nuances, listen to the small sounds and pick up the last-disappearing vibrations in languages and cultural signs. Ligabue Magazine has mapped out their existence and our shared emotions, because I believe that the thrill of discovery can only be felt when shared.
That's why, after 30 years, we are still “The magazine for people who travel the world”.
Fulco Pratesi. Journalist, environmentalist, illustrator, founder of the WWF Italy, of which he is now honorary president.
Donald C. Johanson. Member of the CSRL, discovered Australopithecus afarensis (nicknamed Lucy) in the 1970s.
Margherita Hack. Astrophysicist and popular science writer.
Vassos Karagheorghis. One of Cyprus’s leading archaeologists.
Philippe Taquet. Member of the CSRL, French palaeontologist, President of the French Academy of Sciences.
Alvise Zorzi. Venetian journalist and writer, member of the Unesco committee for Venice.
Jane Goodall. Primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist; one of the world’s leading chimpanzee experts.
Eibl-Eibelsfeldt. Student of Konrad Lorenz, regarded as one of the founders of modern human ethology.
FEDERICO KAUFFMANN DOIG
DONAL C. JOHANSON
HENRI – PAUL FRANCFORT
LUCA L. CAVALLI SFORZA
C.C. LAMBERG KARLOVSKY