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  • Workshops and reenactments in Italy’s biggest exposition of Experimental Archaeology

    120 archaeo – technicians and reenactors from all over Italy will perform beside Via Magna Grecia, near the Roman Forum at the Archaeological Park of Paestum.
    The archaeo – technicians will relive the ancient techniques of production and manufacturing of tools used by our progenitors, now treasured in the showcases of the archaeological museums, as a testament of the material culture that accompanied the evolution of mankind.
    The reenactors will stage scenes of everyday life with encampments, training, demonstrations of fights, rituals and field kitchens.

    The workshops reenact the anthropological and material culture of ancient times, by means of the reproduction of the techniques used to craft everyday tools.

    Experimental Archaeology is the scientific discipline that deals with the material and anthropological culture of our ancestors, with the trial of techinques, practics and the instruments of our predecessors in their everyday life. The Experimental Archaeologist is an artisan with specific knowledge of history, archaeology, archaeometry, materials and experience. By combining practical and theoretical skills, the experimental archaeologist’s objective is to reproduce the operational chains to obtain ancient objects and tools, to increase the understanding of way of life of our most ancient forebears.

    The relational element

    During the workshop, the typical relation established in traditional taught classes – a dynamic of subordination between teachers and participants,classes – changes. Everybody becomes a protagonist, an experimentator who makes hypothesis of reconstruction, who observes and analyses, who handles objects and tools, who applies, reinvents or reproduces, who reflects on results and errors through the stages of human cultural and social evolution.

    The interactivity

    Differently from a museum, where the object can only be observed, during the workshop it is analyzed and reassembled, developing those manual skills which are not used anymore today, since all the tools we use every day are already defined. A material journey through the most ancient part of our history.

    All these activities, with their raw materials (stone, bone, tendons, skins, clay, metals) will be presented to the visitors, to experiment in first person these ancient jobs, which contributed to the evolution of mankind : from lytic technologies to bone and horn with the manufacturing of tools; the advent of clay, containers, idols, writing tablet; the refined technique of production of vases and their decorations in Greece, 500 years before Christ; the magic of metallurgy, instruments, techniques, myths and tools such as mastic tree oil to create everyday objects and jewels; glass past; the ignition of fire; prehistoric paintings; and also clay for Middle Ages architectural production.

    Scientific coordinator : Mauro Cesaretto

    AMBER – manufacturing of the Prehistory
    by Mauro Cesaretto (Rovigo)
    The Archaeo-Technicians will recreate the alleged tools and the operational phases of Bronze Age, to create products with amber from the Baltic Sea, as proved by the extraordinary archaeological discovery made in Rovigo, in Campestrin di Grignano Polesine’s site

    AMBER AND PRECIOUS METALS
    by Francesco Pavan (Mestre, Venezia)
    Ancient jewellery-making and of manufacturing of amber from Iron Age to Roman times. The activities will be about the realisation of a buckle with amber decorations, the manufacturing of the armilla (as the one found at Baelo Claudia) and the use of raw amber to create jewels. Main techniques of manufacturing of noble metals (fusion, chisel, repoussage, fretwork) and display of the techniques of finishing of the jewels).

    CERAMICS – the art of the potter
    by Bottega Vestita (Grottaglie, Taranto)
    Ceramists since the XVI Century, the Vestita brothers will create clay objects, following crockery’s technical and stylistic canons from classica age to Middle Ages, and using ancient techniques with lathe and from Magna Graecia’s time, Middle Ages and Renaissance.

    GLADIATOS
    by Arsdimicandi (Villa d’Adda, Bergamo)

    The Association will present a practical-historical reenactment of gladiator games, of ancient heavy athletics and Roman army.

    GREEKS
    by Associazione Storico Culturale “Simmachia Ellenon” (Fano, Pesaro Urbino)
    The Association will show the public the way of living of ancient Greece: cosmetics, historical board games, fencing, fight, boxing, training and army movements.

    METALS
    by Arte Picena (Porto Recanati, Macerata)
    Experimental archaeology on metals (fusion of bronze and forging of iron) and on ceramics of the Iron Age.
    Experimental reconstruction of tools and didactic demonstrations on Italic civilisations.

    PRECIOUS METALS
    by Bottega “Oro degli Etruschi” (Torgiano, Perugia)
    Manufacturing of jewels and necklaces inspired by ancient jewellery, mostly by the Etruscan and Roman ones, using original ancient techniques like granulation, filigree, repoussage, enamel, niello.

    LEATHER
    by Bottega di Lucina (Urbisaglia, Macerata)
    Didactic activities on the manufacturing of leather and shoes, with recreation of shoes of Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Byzantine period.

    ROMANS
    by Associazione Culturale “Legio I Italica” (Villadose, Rovigo)
    Presentation of the Roman army, reenactment of marches and of the use of armors and artillery. The Cultural Association will also show the millenial history of sailing and many features of ancient Rome: cooking, medical science, cosmetics, toys, writing, colors and scientific instruments.

    CLAY
    by Giampaolo Stella (Verona)

    He is ceramist, with great expertise in the realisation and reproduction of Roman and Greek oil lamps, plates and toys.

    TRIBES OF THE SECOND IRON AGE
    by Associazione Culturale “Terra Taurina” (Pino Torinese, Torino)
    Reenactment of the so-called “tribal order”, the division into classes of a tribe of the Second Iron Age (V-I C. b.C.): fighters, artisans who work leather, wood, stone, iron, cloth and who create tools inspired by archaeological remains of the time.

    PREHISTORICAL MEN
    by Associazione Culturale “Cinghiale Bianco – Teuta Lingones” (Bondeno, Ferrara)
    The Association will present the “Cardium: la vita nella preistoria” project, based on the reconstruction of daily life of prehistorical men in all its aspects.
    Reenactment, in theatrical form, of the life in the encampment of a prehistorical tribe, with its ancient jobs: weaving, manufacturing of bone, clay, flint, natural fibers and the ancient grindstone of seeds and the lighting of fire.

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