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The exhibition dedicated to the "rediscovered" collection of French Palaeolithic stone tools of the Civic Museum

PRIMORDI. La riscoperta della raccolta del Paleolitico francese del Museo Civico di Modena
May 15th 2021 –  June 19th 2022
Modena, Museo Civico, Largo Porta Sant’Agostino 337

The collection, made up of stone tools very similar to those discovered in 1850 by the pioneer of prehistoric studies Boucher de Perthes, has been "rediscovered" thanks to the most modern research technologies and enhanced in an exhibition that combines the nineteenth-century dimension of research to the contemporary one.

In the 150th year of the Civic Museum, the title "Primordi" (beginnings) evokes multiple references to the origins: the origins of Man, the origins of Prehistory as a scientific discipline, the origins of Museums such as that of Modena whose foundation received a fundamental impulse precisely from the debates on the antiquity of Humanity.

The last part of the exhibition is dedicated to that set of technological gestures that for hundreds of thousands of years have accompanied the production of an iconic artifact of prehistory, the bifacial: a video shows the entire production process starting from a block of flint and an installation reproduces the dispersion of splinters generated during the process itself. A series of equipped stations allow the public to safely experiment the cutting properties of flint on different types of materials.

The exhibition is accompanied by the program of events PRIMORDIALI: encounters with prominent personalities of the research and dissemination of Prehistory, workshops for children and demonstrations.

Opening time: Tuesday - Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sunday and holidays  from 10 AM –to 7 PM
Free entrance

THE EXHIBITION (page in Italian)


Prehistory and fake news 

Reproduction of the operational chain of a bifacial

RTI  - Reflectance Transformation Imaging of the reproduction of a bifacial