Laboratories of Experimental Archaeology
Rebuilding of Anthropologic and Material Culture of the Antiquity through the Representation of Tecnique used of man to make manufacture used daily.

The program of the XV EDITION 2012

Experimental Archaeology is a scientific discipline that aims at reconstructing the anthropological culture and the materials from the antiquities, experimenting the techniques and practices used by ancient men in their daily lives.
Thus, an experimental archaeologist is a real artisan with a specific historical, archaeological and archaeometry preparation; by mixing technical capacities and theoretic knowledge, he attempts at reproducing the handmade articles of our ancestors in order to understand better their way of living.


The lithic processing, the bones, horns, and clay will all be presented in the area dedicated to the laboratories, but with different work proposals even as regards the materials so as to allow visitors to experiment with their own hands these antique works. It is an ideal journey through the most ancient times of our history.By using simple notions, it will be possible to go through all the main stages of man's evolution. Skins, rocks, wood and bones will be used to duplicate the instruments of our ancestors.
Such experiments are essential to understand better the efforts primitive men made when trying to survive and to deal with the environment and his needs to transform such environment.
Moreover, fire ignition and the prehistoric painting techniques will also be object of experimentations.

Great Rivers Museum of Rovigo

Tecnology litic, Processing of steatite, fire, riprodution of prehistoric picture, from clay to terra-cotta, the born of writing, jar attici: from building to decoration, the prodution of oil of lentisco, metallurgy and antque goldsmith, medioeval production tecnique of architectural terra-cotta in Venice.

Alfio and Ilaria Tomaselli -
In this laboratory the participant become protagonist and not spectator to learn the Prehistory. They Use the essential elements of nature with inteligence, thought, inventiveness and fantasy for reach the objective: build utensil in osso or stone, to weavw a vertical loom in Neolitic, fire with Stone or with branch, splinter the flint, work ceramics or paint with ocra. They Make this used simple materials that nature give to man and empatize in that period.

The Relationship Aspects
In laboratory changed the relationship of subordinaty, typical of traditional frontal lesson, that exsist between Teacher and participant. They All become protagonist, Researcheri that ipotize the recostruction, cbservea nd analyze, manipulate object and tool, applicate, reinvent or reproduce, think on results and on errors through the stage of cultural and social human evolution.

Unlike to museum, where the object come only observed in the laboratory is anaized and rebuilded developing manual ability that today unfortunately is not practiced, becouse all the object are allready defined.


Organization, Coordination and Implementation
Provincia di Salerno Settore Turismo e Cultura
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Concept and Management
Ugo Picarelli Leader s.a.s.
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