Etruscan Spina exhibition

Exhibition on Etruscan Spina starts in Ferrara

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The National Archaeological Museum of Ferrara is hosting an exhibition ‘Spina etrusca. Un grande porto nel Mediterraneo” (Etruscan Spina. A great port in the Mediterranean).

The exhibition, which opened on Thursday 22nd December runs until April 23rd. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery – which occurred during decontamination work on the lagoon – of the Etruscan city on the delta of the Po river.

The exhibition highlights connections with today’s Mediterranean routes, and uses the digital reconstruction of landscapes and ancient history to showcase to the public the importance of the great port of Spina for Etruscans in the fifth century BC and for Mediterranean citizens in 2022.

The exhibition will then transfer from Ferrara to Rome, at the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia.

The fundamental role of Etruscan Spina

The exhibit explains the role played by Spina as a fundamental hub connecting the main cities of the Mediterranean in the archaic and classical ages. It was a meeting point for goods, people and cultural inspiration of different provenance, and was also in close contact with Athens and the main centres of ancient Greece.

It also highlights the exceptional role of the Adriatic port of Spina, shedding light on similarities and differences with the great Etruscan settlements of the Tyrrhenian Sea and with the twin city of Cerveteri. This illustrates the social structure, cultural and ethnic variety, expressions of the aristocratic élites, the vocation as a port and importance of dynamics of ancient trade.

Technology is used to recreate the landscapes and heritage of the ancient site. The findings exhibited hail from Italy’s main archaeological museums, along with other important material from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, with the contribution of the Emilia-Romagna region.

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