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Parco Archeologico e Museo all’aperto della Terramara di Montale (IT)
The terramara of Montale, near Modena in Northern Italy, is a typical
Next to the site is an with life-size reconstructions of two houses furnished with replicas of the original finds dating back 3500 years.
The Parco has a small modern entry building, a visitor centre where the of the site is explained and an open-air area with two larger Bronze Age houses. By first visiting the archaeological centre, people get a good introduction into the open-air area.
It attracts many school groups and during Sundays just before and after the Summer many tourists as well. However the Parco is mainly used by school groups. The reason to construct these facilities exactly here are the well preserved remains of the Terramara Group. After extensive research into the remarkably many artefacts, archaeologists wanted to present the results in a very clear and direct way. A lot of attention is paid to the explanation of archaeological methods, more than in many other places. Visitors are also explained about time depth. The archaeological data are rigorously checked. The houses are designed and furnished as open-air exhibitions rather than as to be used as . For tourists, the Sundays are a great occasion. Specialists from Italy and abroad are presenting here activities like bronze , working, making or ceramics et cetera.
The park was started after the success of a big terramare held in Modena in 1987 and it was due to the common will of the Comune di Modena and the Comune of Castelnuovo Rangone. Together they financed more than 50% of the total costs. Additional resources were found with the EU project “Archaeolive” and through the contributions of local organizations (Regione, Provincia, Bank Foundation). A previous agreement was signed also with the Soprintenedenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Emilia Romagna (which is the regional agency of the governmental department for Cultural Affairs).
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