• Workshops of Experimental Archaeology

    Cafasso Tobacco Factory
    from Thursday, October 27th to Saturday, October 29th 10.00 · 19.00
    Sunday, October 30th 10.00 · 13.00

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

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