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

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

Fiavè: Museo delle Palafitte (Pile-dwellings museum)

I recently visited the Museum of Fiavè, in Trentino, which is a pile-dwelling site inscribed in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list. Though a rather small museum, it is definitely worth a visit: opened in April 2012, it utilises a lot of engaging designs solutions. The ground floor, focusing on the glaciation period, the prehistory of the area, and the story of the discovery, functions well as an introduction to the … Continue reading Fiavè: Museo delle Palafitte (Pile-dwellings museum)