In the final year of elementary school the children revise their studies into the Etruscan civilization by paying a visit to a special centre for experimental archaeology. As well as getting hands on experience of being an archaeologist, they learn about some of the most important activities conducted by the Etruscans. The workshops are lead by highly qualified archaeologists who not only know their stuff, but have the most amazing rapport with the students. The children sleep in Etruscan huts (fortunately with an ensuit bathroom), they go horse riding to visit some Etruscan tombs, and of course, there’s also some time for a swim in the pool and the chance to dance away the night at the disco.
This year the trip included workshops on
Archaeological excavations and careful identification and recording of their finds:
Making perfumes following traditional Etruscan techniques
Tomb painting and burial activities
A talk on Villa Nuovan settlements
The Etruscan process of making glass
A visit on horseback to a Village and Tombs in the surrounding area
The archaeologist guides at the centre are wonderful, they carefully explain how each of the activities the children get involved in were reconstructed from archaeological finds. The equipment they use, from kilns to scents, are all based on the materials the Etruscans had available to them and they really know their stuff. It’s a wonderful way to end the year on a high note and provides a welcome break from study, so the children are recharged, and motivated to get ready for their Italian State Exams.
The centre we visited also offers an exciting summer programme of outdoor activities. For more information click here
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