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Acquarossa Memory Project. Reconstructing an Etruscan Town.
Patricia Lulof

Last modified: 2016-11-26


Digital techniques and cultural heritage connect, in an innovative way, new and old within the Humanities. In this new project, an Etruscan townscape will be recreated; modelled results created by the [Research Unit] will be integrated in an Archaeological Park and Museum in such a way that international scholars and visitors can acknowledge and study 3D reconstructions of a series of Etruscan houses within their successive phases of creation, function, reception, destruction, and reconstruction.

Acquarossa is an Etruscan town near Viterbo, Italy. Excavations carried out by the Swedish Institute in Rome revealed a series of Etruscan houses, inhabited from the 8th century BC until the middle of the 6th century BC, when the town was suddenly and inexplicably abandoned. The houses were left to crumble and the remains of the foundations, the walls and the decorated roofs, as well as the thousands of household utensils, were all found in situ. It is one of the very few examples of an intact Etruscan townscape, with a unique set of family dwellings from the past. The excavations were never properly published.
The remnants of the houses were partially reconstructed in the 80s of the last century, but otherwise left to be destroyed by weather conditions. The site was left to vanish completely.
Since 2014, the [Research Unit] has been involved in an interdisciplinary research project, in collaboration with the private partner [name of the partner], the proprietor of the site, which focuses on the reconstruction of a set of houses in annotated 3D models.
The 3D models will be used to build actual guest-houses at the site itself, for which permission from the Soprintendenza per i Beni archeologici del Lazio e dell'Etruria Meridionale has been granted.
The houses have been thoroughly analysed and reconstructed in an annotated model and primarily serve the scientific community to analyse building structures from the Etruscan period and chaîne opératoire in the past. The annotated models can then be used to serve the architects that will build the actual holiday homes, however based on proper research and recent publications on ancient architecture and building methods.