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“Under the tables of the Malatesta family”. Archaeological attestations from the fortress of Montefiore Conca

11.06.2011 - 24.06.2012

Montefiore Conca (Rimini), from June 11th 2011 to June 24th 2012 – Rare or common pieces, objects intended for special occasions or everyday......

Rare or common pieces, objects intended for special occasions or everyday life, references to the ancient culture or imitations of Oriental themes. The exhibition includes: harmony, balance and colour, in the dozens of pottery pieces exhibited in Montefiore Conca, including dishes, pots and jars, forged by the Masters of the art of fire, in the period between the middle of 1300’s to 1500. However the exhibition named "Under the tables of Malatesta", starting on Saturday, June 11th (5.30 PM) at the Malatesta Fortress in the municipality of Montefiore Conca (Rimini area) involves a lot more. The archaeological excavations carried out in the fortress from 2006 to 2008 have also brought back some tools, pins, glasses and several animal bones, probably the remains of meals. There are also coins, sewing or body care items and a magnificent bronze seal from 1300, perfectly preserved. All the items come from the "throwing pits", the internal landfill sites, visible from the ground floor of the fortress, which were used to get rid of the garbage, then sealed, once filled in order to prevent odours. The objects discovered through the excavation activity narrate three centuries of occupation of the fortress first by the Malatesta family, and then by the Montefeltro family (from early 1300 to mid 1500), allowing to reconstruct a slice of life made from craft activities and cultural exchanges, food habits and religious beliefs, aesthetic rules and medical practices, faith and beauty.

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