From 16 February to 31 October 2023 , the Passerella Space of the Museum of Antiquities hosts the dossier exhibition LIVING ON WATER. Daily life in Bronze Age Piedmont , which focuses on pile-dwelling settlements and the daily life that took place in the 2nd millennium BC
The exhibition addresses one of the most characteristic and peculiar themes of the history of ancient Piedmont: the sites of Lake Viverone and Lagoni di Mercurago, near Arona, were included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 2011 as " serial site of the Pile Dwelling Sites of the Alpine arc" and place the Piedmont region within large-scale dynamics, even at an international level, for the knowledge, study and valorisation of a basic stage of human population in Europe.
The exhibition is curated by Elisa Panero with the scientific collaboration of the Superintendency of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Alessandria, Asti, Cuneo and the Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology of the University of Turin.
Through archaeological finds such as weapons, agricultural work tools, pottery and jewellery, locally produced and imported, as well as numerous historical-educational apparatus, it offers a focus on the life of these areas in the western Alpine arc during the Bronze Age, testimony of the prehistoric communities active from the Neolithic to the Iron Age (between 5000 and 500 BC, but with particular attention to the 2nd millennium BC) and shows the use of territorial and marine resources in relation to the reference ecosystem, a topic of very timely.
The Living on water project. Daily life in the Bronze Age in Piedmont constitutes the first concrete stage of the redesign of the Territory Pavilion of the Museum of Antiquities. The presentation of ancient objects, nineteenth-century casts and reconstructions of experimental archeology is in fact a preview of Piedmontese prehistory, in view of the upcoming reorganization of the museum section.