Workshops of Experimental Archaeology

Via Magna Grecia opposite the National Archaeological Museum
from Thursday, October 27th to Saturday, October 29th 10.00 · 19.00
Sunday, October 30th 10.00 · 13.00

The Workshops of the BMTA will relive the ancient techniques of production and manufacturing of tools used by our progenitors and now treasured in the showcases of the archaeological museums, a testament of the material culture that accompanied the evolution of mankind.

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

archeologia sperimentale

Experimental Archaeology is the scientific discipline that deals with the material and anthropological culture of our ancestors, with the trial of techniques, practices 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 of subordination between teachers and participants established in traditional taught 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 sadly 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.

With the scientific coordination of Mauro Cesaretto

by Bottega Vestita (Grottaglie, Taranto)
The Vestita workshop from the 16th century to date, manipulating shapeless clay gives life to wonderful objects, which have accompanied the history of man in the Mediterranean, from the Magno-Greek cultures to Roman times, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance until today.

by Associazione Ruva Leu

An overview of the Etruscan war reality through the representation of two warriors, a commander and a hoplite.The faithful handcrafted reproduction with ancient techniques of individual protections and armament will allow, through teaching and observation, to show the evolution and complexity of the Etruscan army and how war was conceived in the Razna world.

by Maria Canevari, Velia Ornamenta

A historical re-enactment of Roman jewellery with the reproduction of jewels and feminine accessories of the imperial period (from the I to the VI century), made with natural and semi-precious stones and brass / silver: practically a historical costume jewellery that allows you to wear the jewels that represent our ancient history.

by Associazione Culturale ArcheoCucina

“The only happiness is to enjoy life: to eat, drink, consume the heritage in pleasures; this is living, this means not forgetting that you only live once. The days pass quickly, life goes on unstoppable, what is the use of being wise and temperate, if then the time comes when we will no longer be able to enjoy pleasures, while our age can enjoy them and demand them?” Seneca, Letters to Lucilius, 123, 10. The diet of ancient Rome, what they ate and how they prepared food from its origins to the late Empire with reproductions of finds from various sources and for the most varied uses in the culinary field.

by Associazione Culturale “Legio I Italica” (Villadose, Rovigo)

The Cultural Association of re-enactment will show Roman cuisine, writing, dyes and structures of what were once an invincible war machine, the Legions.

by Associazione Culturale “Legio I Italica” (Villadose, Rovigo)

With the help of reduced-scale models of Roman warships and merchant ships, examples of assembly of the planking in ancient times, large-format iconographic documentation, reproductions of commonly used objects such as oil lamps, coins and latercoli, as well as helmets and shields it will be possible to range over time from the Punic wars to the late Empire and in space from the Mediterranean to the British Ocean, the Arabian Sea and beyond. The examination of the Roman navy with the evolution of naves longae, armaments and combat tactics thus goes hand in hand with the study of the types of cargo ships, materials and construction techniques, navigation practices and trade routes.
All this without ever forgetting that sailors, soldiers, passengers, merchants and shipowners were men and women in flesh and blood, who lived in a distant past which, thanks also to the continuous discoveries of naval and underwater archeology, continues to fascinate, opening suggestive perspectives. of an anthropological, historical-religious, historical-technological character.

by Bottega di Lucina (Urbisaglia, Macerata)
The long journey of footwear, which from Greek age accompanied the journey of mankind through the Etruscan and Roman worlds and the wealth of the Byzantine period.
Hide, leather and the related processes to produce footwear and other objects of use to facilitate the daily life of our distant ancestors.