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Parco Archeologico del Forcello (IT)
The Forcello Archaeological Park in Bagnolo San Vito, a few km to the south east of Mantova, rises around the remains of an important Etruscanfrom VI-IV centuries BC. The archaeological excavations conducted on the site from 1981 to date, under the scientific management of Prof. de Marinis of the Università degli Studi of Milan, have brought to , year after year, just a small portion of this settlement, but with a long stratigraphic sequence, defined in eight main phases.
The work carried out on the first lot, and concluded in September of 2004, was to build access to the area, a multimedia hall, a research laboratory and some covered areas for future animation centres and workshops. The second lot, which was concluded on the 29th and 30th September 2006 with the inauguration of the park, saw the furnishing of the workshops with didactic panels, the activation of the multimedia hall with specialised equipment and the of two kilns for pottery firing (Roberto Deriu- Gesti Ritrovati), and a loom; both examples of the artisan activity certified at the Forcello.
A visit to the Forcello Archaeological Park includes an introduction, through which, with the aid of didactic panels, visitors can approach the history of the Padan Etruria and, in particular, the Forcello settlement. Inside the workshops, there is a reconstruction of a loom and outside, of the two pottery kilns, both created on the basis of archaeological proof and both also equipped with didactic panels. For schools, of every class and level, there are laboratory activities on various themes pertaining to the craftsmanship at the time of the Etruscans and on the profession of an archaeologist.
For adults, they organize demonstrations of experimental archeology and workshops, to be structured over several days, on a variety of subjects.
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