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.The search for the mythical city of Spina passionate scholars and distinguished scholars since the Middle Ages. For centuries the rich commercial maritime described by Greek and Roman authors seemed to have disappeared, disappeared the ancient city built in the sixth century BC on the banks of the Spinete river, now extinct.
The stages of the archaeological discovery of Spina have accompanied the progress of the reclamation of the “valleys” surrounding Comacchio, now fertile lands in which the intensive agricultural land use has removed almost all vestiges of the previous population. Archaeological research, initiated immediately in a systematic way, brought to light thousands of graves from rich grave goods, with which scholars have been able to reconstruct the past of the famous city which, between the sixth and third centuries BC, was a preminent city in the region.
On October 20th 1935 was also inaugurated the National Archaeological Museum of Ferrara, born to house the finds from the excavations, the first among all figured Attic vases that recall the rituals of the banquet and symposium.
Luigi Malnati, Director General of Antiquities
“L’importanza della scoperta di Spina nella protostoria del nord Italia”
Filippo Maria Gambari, Superintendent for Archaeological dell’Emiilia-Romagna
“Correva l’anno 1922…”
Anna Dore, Archaeological Museum of Bologna
“Augusto Negrioli: gli albori degli scavi di Spina”
Paola Desantis, the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Emilia-Romagna
“Salvatore Aurigemma, il primo Soprintendente in Emilia-Romagna e a Spina”
Catherine Cornelius, the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Emilia-Romagna
“Dagli scavi al museo”
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