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Eating at the time of the stilt

Eating at the time of the stilt
Eating at the time of the stilt
4,000 years ago in the village of Mezzano
Eating at the time of the stilt
Eating at the time of the stilt | 4,000 years ago in the village of Mezzano

When research on past civilizations and creativity come together in a museum exhibition, you can discover new aspects of ancient communities, as in the exhibition "A Tavola al tempo della Palafitta. 4.000 anni fa nel Villaggio di Mezzano" (Eating at the time of the Stilt. 4000 years ago in the village of Mezzano) at the Museum of prehistory of Tuscia and Rocca Farnese of Valentano (Viterbo). An interesting path full of interesting insights on the food system during the Bronze Age of Tuscia, arising from studies on pollen and on the lake-dwelling settlement pottery submerged Lake Mezzano.

What were the essences and foods of the past? What shapes, colors and scents were available in a kitchen of the early history? The questions and answers follow each other in an emotional way. The daily life of the ancient inhabitants of Mezzano is revived in the visitor's perception not only by sight, but thanks to an installation that involves all the senses, where the main ingredients of the past are exhibited. In the small but interesting section dedicated to experimental archeology, prehistoric learning of the technique of cereal grinding is entrusted to the visitors themselves, who can try their hand in the milling work with the aid of appropriate reconstructed tools. At the end of the exhibition, the distance between the past and the present is filled by original recipes to replicate in the visitors' own kitchens: with the same ingredients of 4,000 years ago, visible and touchable into the exhibition area, you can taste the flavors of the earth, thus discovering an unusual actuality.

The exhibition, conceived on the occasion of the extraordinary meeting of EXPO2015, extended throughout 2016 and part of 2017, has been organized according to a new communicative approach of the museum, where archeology and senses are intertwined. This communication system is also the basis of the new educational section "Touch the Prehistory".

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