Re-living prehistory


Every year, the Travo Archaeological Park organizes a “prehistory day”, with re-enactments of daily life in the village, from food preparation to early technologies, with archaeologists and re-enactors working side by side. Historical re-enactment and reconstructive archaeology are well-established tools for educating the public about the past, and are increasingly used by museums and archaeological parks in the belief that a temporary immersion in the past or the re-enactment of everyday activities makes the understanding and interpretation of antiquity easier and more immediate that the mere displaying of archaeological finds and items. Bringing to life events from past eras, re-tracing the various phases of a production cycle, building replicas of archaeological finds and experimenting with their function, re-enacting actual historic events or generic daily life, and depicting, through living dioramas, the habits and customs of civilizations from the distant past are among the many possibilities provided by the techniques known as historical re-enactment, living history, and museum theatre. These allow the museum-going public to re-live the past and experience it first-hand, involving all five senses and bringing back long-forgotten gestures.