Museo della Centuriazione Romana. Permanent display

permanent exhibition

in short

The exhibition is divided into 4 rooms, which cover various themes: land division, agriculture and livestock, house, domestic activities, economy activities.
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The Museum of the Roman Centuriation
Viale Europa 12
35010 Borgoricco

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Museo della Centuriazione Romana

in detail

In the green room there are several explanatory panels dedicated to the Roman land division, both in terms of the wider issues (what are the "cardini" and the "decumani", what is meant by the term "land division", the Roman roads), and in terms of the traces that these ancient agricultural land divisions have left on the land (the land divisions in the Mediterranean, those around Padua ("Patavium") and, in particular, the area of Borgoricco).  There is an explanation of the different units of measurement that the Romans had and the tools that Roman surveyors used are analyzed and there are some reconstructions.  The most important tool for the land division was the "Groma". There is also a showcase with some funeral materials: articles from the tomb of a woman, a small memorial stone with an inscribed dedication, a lamp and a glass perfume bottle which has been melted by the heat of the funeral pyre.

The orange room is dedicated to land allocation and the cult of the boundaries, as well as farming and livestock. There is a showcase which houses the reconstruction of a plow and some agricultural tools as well as some iron tools and fragments of the large terracotta jars which were used for storing food ("dolia"). But the most interesting element in the room is the burial of a horse recently found in the territory of Borgoricco. This is the skeleton of an adult horse that dates back to Roman times and has been extraordinarily preserved to the present day. This is evidence of the burial rituals connected to horses that began in the pre-Roman Veneto age and continued into the Roman times.

The red room covers the different issues related to the home, mainly the structural elements and the building techniques used. There are the materials from the excavation of a house and a villa found in the land division area on show. The room also covers nutrition in Roman times, with some explanatory panels and a showcase dedicated to the pottery that was used as tableware and that which was used in the kitchen and the reconstruction of a Roman fireplace. There are some showcases dedicated to weaving, clothing, cosmetics, household cults, games and furnishings.

The blue room houses the evidence of the economic activities of land division territory.  The main industry was the production of tiles and bricks, often marked with the trademark of the factory they were made in. There is the reconstruction of a rectangular plan Roman kiln which allows us to understand the production phase of the brick cooking. There is a showcase with material recently discovered at such a production site in Borgoricco which includes the refined clay slabs decorated with plants that were used to decorate the facades of important buildings and were probably produced here. There are also some Roman amphorae on display which were found in the soil deposits of a drainage ditch;   there are some explanatory panels and a showcase dedicated to the trade of food transported in amphorae. The exhibition is completed by three showcases that house the material that comes from the occasional surface findings, glass and metal objects, weights and counterweights and scales and various coins, dating to a time span between the first century. B.C. and the 4th century AD.
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Opening Times

09:00 - 12:30
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 12:30
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
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Wed, Fri, Sat closed from 12:30 to 3 pm.
Sun, Mon open by appointment.

From 10th June to 10th September 2013: OPENING ONLY WITH BOOKING
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