‘War in the Sunshine’ at the Estorick Collection

This Saturday, I took an hour off to go and visit the exhibition “War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917-1918” at the Estorick Collection. There were the paintings and drawings by Sydney Carline (1888-1929), who was initially dispatched to the front as a fighter pilot and then became an official artist with the RAF. I loved these paintings, especially since they represented an … Continue reading ‘War in the Sunshine’ at the Estorick Collection

New Publication: ‘Religion in Museums’

This is a short post to announce that Religion in Museums: Today and Tomorrow, edited by G. Buggeln, C. Paine, and S. B. Plate and published by Bloomsbury is now out. I contributed to this book with a chapter, Archaeological displays: Ancient objects, current beliefs, in which I discuss how archaeological displays of religious objects are experienced by museum audiences today. The chapter compares the … Continue reading New Publication: ‘Religion in Museums’

First World War trenches on M.Creino

During the Christmas break, I re-visited another part of the Italy-Austria First World War frontline in southern Trentino. Particularly, this post features the trenches on Monte Creino, which allowed the Austrian soldiers stationed here to control both the northern lake Garda and the valley of river Adige. On the Creino, there were two Austrian lines facing the Italian lines on the side of M.Altissimo. While … Continue reading First World War trenches on M.Creino

EAA Glasgow 2015

Last month, I presented a paper at the European Association of Archaeologists conference in Glasgow. I was in a section on digital archaeology and co-production, and I discussed the spinning statuette case-study as an example of how social media analysis can inform our understanding of audiences’ interpretation of – in this case, viral – news about archaeology. The video provoked indeed a huge response by … Continue reading EAA Glasgow 2015

My review of the DGUF conference ‘Is the public creating creating a different archaeology? Analyses of a power shift’

Last month, I was at the DGUF conference in Tubingen on public archaeology in Germany. I have now written a review of it, which you can read on the Arqueologia Publica blog. Here the link: http://arqueologiapublica.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/dguf-conference-2015-is-publiccreating.html Continue reading My review of the DGUF conference ‘Is the public creating creating a different archaeology? Analyses of a power shift’

Happy Easter!

…and since it’s Easter, I am going back to one of my first academic love, that’s Central Asian archaeology and history. Actually, this interest began as a curiosity about the influence of Greek and Roman civilisation in Central Asia and the beginning of the Silk Route – however, due to a series of circumstances, I ended up doing my BA dissertation on the first millennium AD, … Continue reading Happy Easter!

Manchester TAG 2014: Session ‘Cataloguing Magic’

Originally posted on Cataloguing Magic:
Cataloguing Magic: The Complex Biographies of Ritual Objects in Museum Contexts Organisers: Ceri Houlbrook, Natalie Armitage, Chiara Zuanni (University of Manchester) Following the success of ‘The Materiality of Magic’ session at Liverpool TAG 2012, this second session aims to further establish ‘magic’ as a term and subject on the archaeological agenda. Despite its simple definition in the Oxford English Dictionary,… Continue reading Manchester TAG 2014: Session ‘Cataloguing Magic’

Commemoration of Lindow Man at Lindow Moss (guest blog by Chiara Zuanni)

Originally posted on Lindow Manchester:
Dawn ceremony at Lindow Moss On the 1st August, it was the 30th anniversary of the discovery of Lindow Man, who was found during peat-cutting at Lindow Moss. To commemorate the event and raise awareness of the current state of the bog a walk was organised by Wilmslow Transition Group, on the early morning of Saturday 2nd August. As a… Continue reading Commemoration of Lindow Man at Lindow Moss (guest blog by Chiara Zuanni)

WWI on Monte Zugna

I had already blogged about the big trench reconstructed on the Monte Zugna, an Italian WWI trench which was facing the Austrian one (also included in this WWI heritage project).

At a lower level on the side of this mountain, there is a second route centred on the WWI: these are the panels indicating it (unfortunately only in Italian). On a two-hours afternoon hike, it is possible to cross twice both the former Italian and Austrian lines, encountering almost 30 signs of the devastations of the war in this relatively small area. Continue reading “WWI on Monte Zugna”

WWI and reconstructions: Monte Zugna

During the Easter break, I visited again the WWI trenches and fortifications on Monte Zugna: these were the first Italian war against the Austrian Punitive expedition in Spring 1916. In this post, I want to discuss the case of the so-called “trincerone” (big trench) which has been restored, as part of the centenary commemoration initiatives. There was an intense debate on the local press, with few … Continue reading WWI and reconstructions: Monte Zugna

WWI centenary

There are many reasons why I am now interested in the First World War centenary commemoration: in this section of the blog, I aim especially to focus on the case-study of Trento. This province became Italian with the first world war and the battlefields extended all over its territory. At the moment, I plan to research more how the material remains of the war, so easy to … Continue reading WWI centenary

Central Asia Heritage

I will soon add more in this section about my interest for Central Asia Heritage. My BA dissertation researched early Christian remains in Central Asia (5th-10th century) and a part of it was subsequently published in a book on the religious history of Kazakhstan, G. Bonora, N. Pianciola, P. Sartori (eds.), Kazakhstan. Religions and Society in the History of Central Eurasia, Torino 2009. I then published in an Italian journal of … Continue reading Central Asia Heritage

Nationalism and Archaeology in Trentino

My paper at the Archaeology Seminars of the University of Bologna has just been published in this collection. This paper drew on my MA dissertation to explore the tensions between nationalisms and archaeology in Trentino, where the construction of a city museum in Trento in the 19th century led to a series of debates on the story there represented: were the prehistoric inhabitants of the area … Continue reading Nationalism and Archaeology in Trentino