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The III OpenArch meeting in Modena (IT): sharing knowledge and experiences
The III OpenArch meeting, organised by the Italian partner of Modena (Museo Civico Archeologico Etnologico di Modena which includes the Parco Archeologico e Museo all’aperto della Terramara di Montale and reconstructed
The meeting dealt with the implementation of the project activities with a specific focus on the Dialogue with Skills, a topic coordinated by the Italian team in cooperation with the German partner Archäologisch-Ökologisches Zentrum Albersdorf.
In connection to the Meeting, the Workshop Smiths in Bronze Age Europe has been planned on Friday April 13th and Saturday April 14th with a pedagogical and hands on approach, with the aim to provide a reference guide for skill experts, craftsmen as well as managers dealing with Bronze presentations in .
After a welcome dinner on 11th evening, where partners had the possibility to meet again after months and to know new people attending the conference in Modena, the Meeting officially opened at the Palazzo dei Musei on Thursday 12th with the presentations by two new partners of the project: the Serbian Archaeological Institute of Belgrade and the Department of
After a short moment dedicated to the next meeting of the project, planned for the end of September 2012, the directors and financial managers of each museum partner participated to the Steering Committee meeting, probably the mainly operative for sharing financial questions. It is also important to underline how Management Team organised, during the whole stay, different one-to-one meetings with partners in order to discuss other pressing questions. A visit to the Ancient Modena City Centre World Heritage Site was set as alternative programme for people not involved in Steering Committee meeting.
Friday April 13th and Saturday April 14th were entirely dedicated to one of the goals of the WP 4 – Dialogue with skills, dealt by Modena Museum: to organise and develop a workshop dedicated to the metallurgy in the past: Smiths in Bronze Age Europe.
On Friday, also Mrs. Emma Nardi, representing the Committee for and Cultural Action (CECA), one of the oldest and largest International Committees of ICOM, participated to the works as auditor.
On Saturday, the Annual General Meeting of EXARC, with members belonging to OpenArch partner museums and other international institutes/associations/museums, took place.
Last day of the meeting was Sunday April 15th, when partners of OpenArch had the possibility, before leaving, to attend the presentation of the activities for general public and demonstrations of metalworking in the Bronze Age at the Terramara Park of Montale with a special programme for children: Casting chocolate.
Wednesday April 11th - Arrival Day
|Morning / afternoon||Accommodation at the hotel (Modena city centre)|
|20:00||Welcome dinner nearby|
Thursday April 12th - OpenArch Conference Day
Modena – Palazzo dei Musei
Welcome to New partners, short presentation of their organisations
|10:30||Presentation of the activities for the 7 WP|
|10:30||WP1 - Project Management|
|11:00||WP2 - Improvement of Museum Management|
|12:00||WP3 - The Dialogue with the Visitors|
|12:30||WP4 - The Dialogue with Skills|
|13:00||Lunch at the Museum and possibility of a visit to Museum’s collections (English audio guides)|
|14:30||WP5 - The Dialogue with Science|
|15:00||WP6 - The Dialogue with Museum Organisations|
|15:30||WP7 - Communication & Dissemination including:|
• Presentation of the OpenArch website
• Presentation of the OpenArchaeology website
|16:30||Introduction to next OpenArch meeting in Foteviken (SE)|
Alternative program for people not involved in Steering committee: visit to the Ancient City Centre World Heritage Site
|20:30||Dinner in the city centre|
Friday April 13th - First day of Workshop Smiths in Bronze Age Europe
Modena – Palazzo dei Musei
|8:30||Hotel Best Western Libertà, meeting point for the visit to the Archaeological of an Ancient Roman Road recently discovered in the city centre of Modena. Presentation of the works for the new archaeological open air museum still under in the same area of the . Following, visit to the exposition dedicated to the results of the dig at the Archaeological Museum of|
Presentation of the workshop by Ilaria Pulini (director of the Museum) and Cristiano Iaia (archaeologist)
|12:30||Lunch (buffet in the Museum)|
|14:00 - 18:00||(Archaeological Museum)|
• Visit to the Terramare collection in the Museum
• Participants (in groups of 6 people each) rotate at 6 workshop stations set up in the museum, interacting with experts about different steps of the production of bronze object (metals and extraction, quarries and raw material’s circulation, stone moulds, bronze and stone analysis, casting, working tools, grinding and polishing surfaces, finished objects).
|Coffee available during workshop|
|20:30||Dinner in the city centre|
Saturday April 14th - Second day of Workshop Smiths in Bronze Age Europe
Terramara Park of Montale (11 km from Modena)
|8:30||Bus leaving for the Terramara Park of Montale|
|9:00||Visit of the archaeological site (excavation area)|
|9:30||Workshop Activity: Participants experience aspects of bronze casting techniques, working with skill experts Markus and Markus Binggeli (Switzerland) and crafts people of the Terramara Park. Groups are also engaged in hands-on activities. In the meantime each group develops a grid for a short presentation taking into account information gathered during the 2 days of workshop.|
|Coffee always available for participants|
|13:00||Lunch in Montale|
|14:00||Workshop Activity: follow up and conclusion of hands-on activities|
|15:45||Bus to Agriturismo Aggazzotti for the last part of the workshop|
|16:30||Workshop Activity: presentation/evaluation by the 6 teams|
|17:30||End of workshop. Non-EXARC Members return to Modena by bus. EXARC Members stay at Agriturismo Aggazzotti for EXARC AGM.|
|20:00||Bus available from Modena back to Agriturismo Aggazzotti for dinner|
|20:30||Farewell dinner to Agriturismo Aggazzotti Restaurant and back to the hotel by bus|
Sunday April 15th - Departure Day
|During Day||Possible extension of the program at the Terramara Park of Montale with activities for visitors. Presentations of Bronze Casting and special program for children: “Casting Chocolate”.|
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