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: Advertisements 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!

New exhibition on the Nike of Samothrace

The restoration of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, began in September 2013, was concluded last summer when the statue was redisplayed on the monumental Daru staircase.

IMG_3553The project (here the details) was in itself very interesting for its successful use of crowdfunding: out of the 4 million Euros needed, 1 million had been donated by individual donors, over a period of three months, through the ad hoc platform Tous mécènes! (which is now still in use for other crowdfunding campaigns by the Louvre).

This week, it has been announced a new fantastic exhibition on this statue, detailing the new data emerged from the project: it will be open until June, and it really looks like a must go! Continue reading “New exhibition on the Nike of Samothrace”

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)

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

Colours in ancient statuary

The presence of colours in ancient classical statuary is now well known to scholars, but probably less to the wider public. Many initiatives have tried to challenge the widely held stereotype (thanks Winckelmann for that!) that ancient statues were completely white. For example, just thinking at the example of the Peplos Kore, the Acropolis Museum has created the game “colour the Peplos Kore”, while Cambridge … Continue reading Colours in ancient statuary

Discovering the Roman Mutina

Earlier this week, I was in Modena to visit the new exhibition ‘Flags of America’  at Fondazione Fotografia, an exciting place for whoever loves photographic exhibitions. However, in this post I want to focus on a project of archaeological communication a friend had pointed me out, and which was indeed worth looking at. In the area of Parco Novi Sad, a parkmostly famous for his … Continue reading Discovering the Roman Mutina

Wikitude and Archaeology (and museums?)

I’ve mentioned in the previous post that I’ve recently discovered a couple of fantastic apps. In the previous post, I’ve also spoken of Aurasma, an AR application for linking multimedia content to a static image. In this post, I’m looking at a second AR software: Wikitude. This software has also won many prizes as the best Augmented Reality Browser. In this case, it is a … Continue reading Wikitude and Archaeology (and museums?)


Thanks to a presentation by Marco Valenti, Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Siena, at the recent PublicArchaeology in Italy Conference, two new fantastic apps. Actually, he spoke also of others apps, but in this blog I’ll discuss only two of them, one in this post, the second one here. The first one is Aurasma, an augmented reality platform, which allows linking multimedia … Continue reading Aurasma

Digitale Tråde

This year I’ve been to the EAA (European Association of Archaeologists) conference in Helsinki. There were many interesting papers, and I’ve definitely learnt a lot. In this post, I’d like to write about a geo-based application that has been developed in Denmark by the Museum Midtjylland and the Alexandra Instituttet. The app is called Digitale Tråde and it has been built in order to expand … Continue reading Digitale Tråde