A public meeting recalled the ninety years of the discovery of Spina

On April 3rd 2012, to celebrate the ninety years of the discovery of the ancient city of Spina, the National Archaeological Museum of Ferrara will hold a meeting open to all in the Hall of Maps of Costabili Palace in Via XX Settembre 122.
Archaeologists will recall the main stages of an exceptional find that returned unique finds that the whole world knows and envies, commemorating among others, the figure of Augustus Negrioli, the first archaeologist involved in the excavation of the necropolis of the Trebba Valley, and that of Salvatore Aurigemma, the first Superintendent of Antiquities of Emilia-Romagna and Spina.
On this occasion, will be given official recognition to the architect Severino Maccaferri – former director of the Archaeological Museum of Ferrara and former Superintendent of the Archaeological Heritage of Emilia-Romagna – donated a piano to the National Archaeological Museum of Ferrara in memory of his wife Anna. Read more

News on the cat mummy at Archaeology Museum of Parma

Cat MummyThursday, December 15, 2011 at the National Archaeological Museum of Parma (Palace of Pillotta) will hold a conference to present the public with interesting news emerged from the study of the cat mummy kept at the same museum.
The conference was attended by Giacomo Gnudi, the veterinarian radiologist at the University of Parma who carried out the examination and Roberta Conversi, the archaeologist in charge of the museum’s Egyptian section.
While waiting to find the necessary funds for the restoration, the precious relic will be exhibited for the first time to the public.
Following is the text taken from the in-depth press release edited by Carla Conti (english translation by Google Translate from italian text).
A mummy of “first” quality, not a fetish or a product of low alloy. X-rays on the cat mummy kept at the National Archaeological Museum of Parma have found that inside the wrapping is the entire animal, a young specimen of the age of 4 or 5 months, dating back some 2000 years ago. While not a rarity, it is a finding of great importance, connected with the cult of the cat goddess Bastet, the Egyptian god pledge of fertility, health and earthly pleasures. Read more

Extraordinary archaeological discovery in Trent

t-tumulo-gardolo-di-mezzo.jpgA residential centre and a cult area dated 4.000 years ago were brought to light by the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of the independent province of Trent (Italy).

The small village of Gardolo di Mezzo, just few kilometres north from Trent, is going to become one of the most important locations for the archeology in the italian Alps.
The in-depth inquiries brought on by the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of the independent province of Trent since 2003 are revealing one of the most important archaeological sites dated back to Bronze Age in the south of the Alps. It is considered as the most important archaeological discovery which was ever made in the Trentin territory in the latest years.

Till August 2003, Gardolo di Mezzo was not so well known for its archaeological sites but for the ruins of the wall of an ancient castle dated to the Middle Ages, located to the top of the “Doss de Luna”.
In occasion of the archaeological pre-checks of the excavation which were made during a parcelling out of a building site project, this area became very interesting for what concerns the archaeological discoveries of the land.
Exceptional ruins of a huge scientific and archaeological value were found during the excavation campaign; in particular, tumulus structure, indicators of the presence of a sacred location, with funerary purposes and, later on in the centuries, dedicated to the ancestors cult.
Moreover, the tumuli in Gardolo Di Mezzo have been compared and relationed to a residential area nearby, which was built in the same period, and which has to be still explored by the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage.

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New discoveries presented in Riva del Garda

The results of the latest archaeological researches in Riva del Garda (Trent – Italy), has been presented to public Wednesday, the 17th October 2007, in Sas “Spazio archeologico Sotterraneo” in Trent, as part of the periodical meetings between archaeologists organized by Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of the Province of Trent.

The conference has been attended in co-operation with the Trentin section of the Italian Archaeoclub, and presented by Cristina Bassi, an archaeologist of the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of the province of Trent. She has showed an overview of the excavations which took place in Pilati street, in Riva del Garda, between the years 2005 and 2006.

Archaeological researches in Riva have given the light to a complex building date back to the Roman epoch. It is about 750 squared meters wide and it was meant as public thermae.
The building consists of a big central courtyard surrounded by areas with pavement heating, which have been considered as: tepidarium, caldarium, laconicum as the usual thermal sequence required.
A big open area was located outside the building, probably used as a garden and originally fenced by outer walls.

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Archaeological excavations on Monte S.Martino

italian-archaeologySince a few days, the archaeological inquiry on the top of “San Martino” mount in Trentin, in the mountain range between Lomaso and Altogarda, undertaken by the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage of the Independent Province of Trent, concerning the ancient fortress which was brought to light 4 years ago has restarted.
It is reachable by just one hour and a half on foot from Lundo, and it is bringing back to life a barbarian fortress, the last, isolated bulwark of the ancient Garda system and of the rich towns in the Po plain: Verona and Brescia.

The excavation campaign, which has reached its fourth year, will go on up to the end of August. The excavation site has reached an extreme importance: this is why the experts all around Europe are already promoting and studying this case.
In particular the “Kommission zur vergleichenden Archäologie römischer Alpen und Donauländer der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften” which will come under partnership with the Independent Province of Trent and the municipal district of Lomaso, in order to co-operate in archaeological researches and studies in the particular Trentin archaeological environment.
The partnership programme has been approved this morning, during the meeting in Malga Stabio, by the provincial council.

The interest of the “Bayerische Akademie” for the barbarian fortress on Monte San Martino is so important because the Bavarian cultural center focuses its researches on research and scientific divulgation of sites, settlements, necropolis, and cultural events of all the populations which gave birth to the Roman-barbarian kingdoms, which put an end to the ancient civilization and represent the modern Europe’s roots.

The Province interest in starting the co-operation is grounded by the need to promote the consolidation process of the internationalization and enhancement of the research system in Trentin, basing it on reciprocity and co-operation with other scientific and technological research authorities, and on the quality of its members, a fundamental resource for the growth and development of the whole Trentin community.
The archaeological site in Monte San Martino hosts very important elements which bear witness to the hard years going back to Goths, Byzantines, Lombards and Frankish in the Trentin territory.

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