Middle Ages revealed. Stories of Emilia-Romagna through archeology
Bologna, from 17 February to 17 June 2018
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A small, precious exhibition tells in a new and original way the events with which Goths, Lombards, Byzantines and new centers of power (castles, monasteries, churches and municipalities) have written the history of Emilia-Romagna in the transition from the ancient world to the modern age

Storie dell'Emilia-Romagna attraverso l'archeologia

Imola (BO), loc. Villa Clelia. Fibula a disco con teste di rapace rinvenuta in una sepoltura femminile di età gota (V secolo)Saturday, 17 February 2018 - Sunday, 17 June 2018

Museo Civico Medievale
Via Manzoni 4
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Tuesday to Friday: ore 9 > 18.30 / 9 am > 6.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: ore 10 > 18.30 / 10 am > 6.30 pm
from March 1> Tuesday to Sunday: 9 am > 6.30 pm

closed on Monday
Full fee € 5 | reduced fee € 3
Free admission for Card Musei Metropolitani Bologna holders and on the first Sunday of every month

Emilia-Romagna region was among the first Italian regions in which medieval archaeology started to develop and today, after forty years of research, protection and hands-on operational work led by the different archaeological Superintendences, we have a great deal of data, information and knowledge.
As a matter of fact the exhibition will take us to extraordinary cities like Ravenna, but also to places with a highly-valued historical and symbolic meaning, like Canossa or Nonantola, without forgetting ordinary life issues, community life economic spaces, social aggregation ways, power relations represented through very little known places, sometimes almost unheard-of by a wider public.
The exhibition is made of six sections punctuating the most meaningful moments in the history of settlements in this region, retracing the stories of the communities that lived and acted here.
For instance the history of town development unfolds through three sections: the first one describes the collapse and transformation of ancient towns. The fourth, focuses on new towns through the case of Comacchio, a large early medieval trading centre risen from scratch; then the sixth and last section, closes the loop by dealing with the medieval ‘renaissance’ towns, those of the Communes, of which Bologna was one of the most important ones. On the one hand, in the area of the Sala Borsa are displayed ancient home and tableware items including ceramics imported from Venetian workshops and from Syria and, on the other, the extraordinary dishes embedded on the facade of the Church of Saint Jacob, are a wonderful example of one of the oldest Italian majolica ware productions.

ologna. Piatto in maiolica dalla facciata della chiesa di S. Giacomo Maggiore
One of the extraordinary dishes embedded on the facade of the Church of Saint Jacob, wonderful example of one of the oldest Italian majolica ware productions

Rural settlements are displayed in two sections: the second one illustrating the collapse of the ancient rural system through the evolution of its landmark model: the farm/country house.
The fifth section features the facilities that replaced the early medieval rural fabric relaunching it with new consistency and vigour: small holding farms, villages, castles, and cloisters.
The social, religious and cultural history appears on the background in all sections but most of all in the third one in which the shift from Antiquity to the Middle Ages is developed through the impact generated by the arrival of new peoples (the Goths and the Longobards). The tangible remains of burial customs, namely the revival of the, sometimes eccentric, funeral dressing and funeral set laying, perfectly epitomize, even symbolically, this transition.
The exhibition opening in Bologna aims at using facts to tell the story of artefacts (most of them are usually stored in warehouses and not on display for the public) to show how medieval archaeology can contribute to the development of a valuable heritage of shared knowledge, ideas and values.




Editing by Carla Conti