Paleofestival: 10 Years of Spreading Archaeology in Evolution

Edoardo Ratti, Donatella Alessi
2016 EXARC Journal  
At the age of thirty Edoardo started to study Archaeology for pleasure at the University of Genoa (Italy) while working as a computer programmer. Since then has taken part in archaeological excavations of prehistoric sites. Here he met many enthusiastic students, who dreamed of a future as prehistoric archaeologists in Italy, a country much more structured for classical archaeology. Before the end of his studies at university, Edoardo started to meet some archaeo-technicians who spread word of
more » ... who spread word of prehistory. They communicated him the desire to explain prehistory in a simple and interactive way to people with no archaeological expertise. So from 2001, still a student, Edoardo started his mission in some local schools. In 2005, after graduating with a thesis on the dissemination of prehistory through interactive lessons, he had the idea of creating a public Archaeology event and discussed it with the curator of the archaeological Museum in La Spezia; Donatella Alessi. Given her great input into didactics and disclosure, her guidance led to the completion of an event design. Both Edoardo and Donatella contacted archaeo-technician and archaeologist friends and, with monetary assistance from the Museum, the adventure began.
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