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Workshops allow the public to have a firsthand experience tied to history and experimental archaeology.
From a “mock up” excavation to the ancient ceramic manufacturing techniques, from making bread to money minting. 


Archeolab. Archaeologist for a day

The main investigation instruments for archaeologists are the stratigraphic excavation and the related documentation, without which it would not be possible to recuperate and record the information needed to scientifically read the context.

The workshop realistically simulates all the phases of the excavation: surface recognition, excavation, compiling of the excavation diary and of the U.S card (Stratigraphic Unit), photographic documentation, cleaning of the materials, cataloguing, restoration and sketching. 

Archaeology and material culture. Laboratory of ancient pottery

In archaeology ceramic is the dating element par excellence, as it is the most diffused finding and a faithful record of the variation of trends, functions and techniques over time.

But what was its importance for ancient societies? What were the techniques used over different historical periods?

Panis cotidianus

Preparation techniques and historical re-enacting of the various phases of bread making, from the wheat harvest, to grinding, kneading and cooking.

Echo of flavours from antiquity, supplement to the 2012 July/August issue of Forma Urbis

From barter to coin. Laboratory of archaeo-economy

With the barter system every good was exchanged with other goods, so each good had a price in comparison with other products. Later on, the nature itself of base economy imposed a higher work specialization, meaning that each subject had necessarily to work only for the production of a restricted set of goods or to the exclusive provision of certain services.

So it was necessary to adopt an intermediate good able to facilitate the exchanges and solve the intrinsic problems of barter, as we will see in the workshop dedicated to this theme.