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European Heritage Days 2014 at Terramara Park of Montale

Date: 
Saturday, 27 September, 2014 to Sunday, 28 September, 2014
Responsible: 
Alessia Pelillo, Cristiana Zanasi
Claudio Cavazzuti, Monia Barbieri, Federico Scacchetti, Luca Pellegrini
Number of Participants / Visitors / Audience: 
15 participants 27th, 300 visitors 28th September

In 2014 the 27th and 28th of September coincided with the weekend dedicated to the European Heritage Days. The Park of Montale organized two activities connected with one of the main topic developed by the museum: metallurgy in ancient time. As yet underlined, in the frame of the project OpenArch the Park of Montale assumed to increase and develop a five years research with multiple aims: to expand knowledge of both the tools and the techniques of the Terramare metallurgists combining archaeological data with experimentation, to define new objectives and give the possibility to share with archaeological open air museums research methods and various ways of presenting information to diverse audience.
The first activity, on Saturday 27th, has been the second edition of a successful training workshop “Metallurgist by nature or by nurture?” where Montale Park staff engaged a group of scholars and museum professionals in experimenting with various phases of the production process, from casting to post-production.
The second activity, on Sunday 28th, when the visit to the Park was free, was the live demonstration of bronze smelting enhanced with new contents and new skills, designed for the general public: students, enthusiasts, families and children, or simply the curious, all participants in an experience that perfectly combines scientific knowledge and its promotion with the philosophy of the Archaeological open-air Museums.

Images

Crucibles for the casting during the workshop
Workshop
Preparing tools
Preparing tools
Preparing tools for the casting
Experimenting casting bronze by one of the...
Experimenting casting with Claudio Cavazzuti