Born in Genoa in 1910, Luigi Bernabò Brea was one of the most important Italian archaeologists of the 20th century. His name is deeply linked to the archaeological discoveries of eastern Sicily, where he moved in 1941 to serve as Superintendent of Antiquities.
The Italian archaeologist dedicated his life to the study of the prehistory of Sicily and the reorganisation of its museums. He never abandoned field research, especially in the provinces of Enna and Messina, the Aeolian Islands and Syracuse. His discoveries allowed for a new view of Sicilian prehistory, as shown in his book La Sicilia prima dei Greci (Sicily before the Greeks) published in 1958.