New technology for ancient technologies

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G. Zidda


The archaeological site of Saint Martin de Corléans, on the Western outskirts of the city of Aosta, was discovered in 1969. It covers an area of approximately 10000 square meters and consists of a stratified deposit, which from the end of the Neolithic period (the first evidence dates to 4300 BC) continues through the Copper, Bronze and Iron Ages, to the Roman period and the Middle Ages. Witnesses to a history spanning some 6000 years, the structures brought to light are protected by a building constructed for their preservation. The museological concept envisaged that the discovered elements would be preserved and made visible in their context of discovery. The rhythm of the visit is punctuated by both traditional communication systems and technologically advanced instruments, the features of which are used to illustrate, highlight, and explain, but also to arouse emotion and awareness of what ancient technologies were found as a result of the excavations. Contemporary technology, always placed at the service of the content, presents a very broad overview during the visit: interactive displays, multimedia installations, holograms, virtual reality, sensors and monitoring devices, and robotics allow for an extraordinary experience in the Megalithic Area.

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Zidda, G. (2023). New technology for ancient technologies. Human Evolution , 38(1-2), 3-16.
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G. Zidda, Valle d’Aosta Autonomous Region, Department of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Education System and Policies for Intergenerational Relations, Soprintendenza per i beni e le attività culturali

Technical instructor, archaeologist scientific director of the megalithic area of Saint-Martin-de-Corléans, Valle d’Aosta Autonomous Region, Department of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Education System and Policies for Intergenerational Relations, Soprintendenza per i beni e le attività culturali - Archaeological Heritage and Monumental Heritage Restoration