When archaeology becomes experimental
“DAVIDE MANCINI” EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY CENTRE
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In the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, on your way to the Necropolis of Le Grotte, you will come across the “Davide Mancini” Experimental Archaeology Centre in the meadowland before the wood known as Campo dell’Arpia.
The Centre offers a range of activities to experiment the ancient techniques and technologies of Tuscan archaeology.
Experts guide visitors in a manual experience, making objects used in everyday life from Prehistory to the Etruscan period.
Special activities are organised for school groups on request.
Some activities at the Centre:
- Pottery: try the ancient techniques of working clay to make a small vase that you can then decorate using wood, bone, terracotta and metal tools.
- Braiding: try the braiding technique using dried marsh grass to make small objects and containers.
- Weaving: between warp and weft, find out how a vertical loom works and try the ancient techniques to make a colourful piece of fabric.
- Etruscan writing: armed with ink and inkwells, discover the alphabet of an extinct language and learn to read and write words and simple sentences in Etruscan.
- Mosaics: inspired by the mosaics of Populonia, put pieces together to create decorations and drawings, experimenting the mosaic technique.
What you need to know before the tour
Activities at the centre are suspended at the moment due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. Further communications about these activities will be published on this website.