Living Archaeology

Living archaeology: re-enactors and virtual archaeology


A popular feature of the Borsa is the living archaeology display. These take two forms both of living archaeology and the re-enactors, and the displays of computer technology.

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Off-duty soldiers of the Legio I Italica, relaxing in front of the dome

Some of the re-enactors take place outside the exhibition halls. A popular display as  always is of a detachment of the Roman army.


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Stone age hunter prepares his tools

Other displays range from a stone age encampment down to  a  lively medieval display.

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A medieval friar urges visitors to abandon their sins and take up a life of poverty, chastity and obedience.

 Other displays take place within the halls where many of the participants in the exhibition were displaying their crafts


Falconry was a very fashionable sport in the Middle Ages and now it has been revived in Italy. though with the birds trained to swoop down on pieces of meat rather than to kill other birds.



Next door a scribe was practising his craft beautifully displaying calligraphy in a special manuscript.




Outside the main hall two blacksmiths, father and son, had set up their forge, the fire kept alight by a pair of Medieval type bellows, and were displaying how iron could be hammered into shape.










Pottery is one of the crucial skills for the archaeologist and here a young visitor is trying his hand at making a pot on the wheel, while the real potter stands by to show him how to do it.








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One of the most popular stalls of all were these cooks preparing food to be eaten on the spot.





Virtual reality



A major feature of the Fair is the Archeovirtual display where the latest computer reconstructions of ancient sites were on display. I think it was possible to walk through the sites in a computerised reconstruction.


Franz Fischnaller is the Art Director of F.A.B.R.I.Cators, who was demonstrating a computerised analysis of Leonardo’s The Last Supper. Here we see him adjusting his computer between displays.







On to the all-important socialising, — dinner and dancing

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