The Sassi and the park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera
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||Matera is located in the southern region of Basilicata. The inscribed site is the most exceptional, intact example of a troglodyte settlement within the Mediterranean region; it is perfectly tailored to its terrain and ecosystem. The first populated zone dates back to the Palaeolithic; settlements of later periods illustrate momentous stages of human history. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
||Matera has gained international fame for its ancient town, the "Sassi di Matera" (meaning "stones of Matera"). The Sassi originate from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
||1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.