“Wells of Wonders: New Discoveries from Cetamura del Chianti” features works restored by SACI Students

“Wells of Wonders: New Discoveries from Cetamura del Chianti”

Opening: Friday, June 9, 2017 at 5PM

National Archaeological Museum of Florence, Via della Colonna 38A
On view through September 30, 2017

Sixty kilometers from Florence on the hill of Cetamura del Chianti, two wells hold invaluable clues to ancient history and culture. Sealed from the elements and nearly untouched by the effects of time, the wells and their contents represent over 1500 years of history from the Etruscan Era to the Medieval Era.
Between 2011 and 2016, thousands of items from Etruscan, Roman, and medieval civilizations were carefully recovered from the two sites. On Friday, June 9th, 2017 at the renowned National Archaeological Museum of Florence, 300 of these items will be revealed to the public in “Wells of Wonders - New Discoveries from Cetamura del Chianti.” The exhibition will remain on view through September 30th, 2017.
The project, led by professor and Etruscan scholar Dr. Nancy T. de Grummond, represents an ongoing collaboration between Florida State’s Classics Department and SACI. The June exhibition will celebrate the last 6 years of conservation efforts by both institutions, during which students used Italian approaches to clean, dry, reassemble, and reconstruct the artifacts for display.

SACI, a university-level US-accredited school in Florence, has played a vital role in the realization of the exhibition. Under the direction of Nora Marosi, professor of Conservation at SACI, students have worked on approximately 180 Etruscan, Roman, and Late Antique artifacts dating between 3rd century BCE and 4th CE. Spring 2017 Design students, led by Design Area Head Camilla Torna, also created the entirety of the show’s promotion and marketing materials. The banners, posters, animated invitations, and labels were designed by Spring 2017 student Danielle Gorton, and the show’s exhibition panels were created by Spring 2017 SACI student Olivia Ellis.
This exhibition represents a tremendous effort to preserve and promote culture and history. The conservation work not only preserves elements from this unique heritage, but also investigates and reveals new information about the everyday life and environment of the Etruscan and Roman people who inhabited the hill of Cetamura in the Chianti region of Tuscany.

“Wells of Wonders” is under the authorization of and in collaboration with the Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio per Siena Grosseto e Arezzo (Superintendence for Archaeology Fine Arts and Landscape), and the Polo Museale della Toscana (Tuscan Museum Center).