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Teaching activity in Capodimonte (Viterbo), 26th of September 2016, Dr. Andrea Babbi and pupils of the 7th class interacting (Photo Caterina Pisu).

Teaching activity in Capodimonte (Viterbo), 26th of September 2016, pupils of the 7th class interpreting the maps (Photo Caterina Pisu).

Teaching activity in Capodimonte (Viterbo), 26th of September 2016, pupils of the 7th class pointing at some specific details displayed on the screen during the digital presentation (Photo Caterina Pisu).

Teaching activity in Capodimonte (Viterbo), 26th of September 2016, 7th class, section E, poster made and exhibited at school (Photo Daniela Ciucci).

Teaching activity in Capodimonte (Viterbo), 26th of September 2016, 7th class (Photo Caterina Pisu).

Teaching activity in Capodimonte (Viterbo), 27th of September 2016, 5th class (Photo Caterina Pisu).



Bisenzio teaching activity with local school 2016

Among the knowledge dissemination initiatives and actions taken to encourage awareness of the urgency of preservation of the cultural heritage in Bisenzio, conceived and planned by Dr. Andrea Babbi, the teaching activities with pupils of local schools play a fundamental role. After having watched and discussed a digital presentation aiming at sketching a historical and archaeological framework of the Bisenzio site and at drawing the attention to the methodology of the archaeological research, 44 pupils between 10 and 12-years-old enthusiastically participated in an almost two hour-long laboratory exercise.

At first, the guys had to figure out the chronology of specific archaeological contexts as well as discuss and distinguish their functions (e.g., settlement or cemetery) by accurately analysing the evolution sequence of the material culture in Bisenzio between the Final Bronze Age and the end of the Archaic Age. This is a sequence respecting the real archaeological data at disposal which is accurately and wisely optimised for being taught. Then, the pupils discussed their hypothesis and interpretations by aptly considering pros and cons of each of them. Finally, the laboratory activity ended with the analysis of the archaeological evidence stemming from a robbed grave and with the consequent mindfulness of the huge number of pieces of information lost forever due to the illegal and devastating tomb looters’ activity. The pupils even experienced a very informative guided tour of the Museum offered to them by the kind and very well prepared Director Caterina Pisu.

Thanks to the full support of the head teacher of the Istituto Comprensivo Statale “Paolo Ruffini” in Valentano (Antonietta Scipio) and of the teachers working in the Capodimonte and Marta schools, and thanks to the kind support offered by the social promotion association ‘La Porticella’ of Capodimonte, on the 26th and 27th September, two seventh grade classes and a fifth grade class took part in a teaching activity conceived by A. Babbi and by Dr. Veliana Olivieri. It was housed at the Museo della Navigazione nelle Acque Interne di Capodimonte (Director Caterina Pisu).

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