Death and Afterlife at the Gates of Rome
19 May - 23 October 2016
The ancient city of Crustumerium was a centre for cultural exchange and played a significant role in the early history of Rome. For some 2,500 years Crustumerium was merely a recurrent reference in historical sources. When in 1975 archaeologists located the city, some 15 km north-east of the Italian capital, it was an archaeological breakthrough of the first order. Since then Crustumerium has been the object of numerous successful excavations.
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Straight from the tomb
Realised in close cooperation with on-site archaeologists from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo e l’Area Archeologica Centrale, Rome, Italy, the exhibition presents significant recently excavated grave goods from Crustumerium. A total of ten tombs will be exhibited at the Glyptotek, featuring skeletal remains and spectacular treasures. Each individual tomb offers an intimate narrative that evoke human life and fate from a bygone era, making tombs much more than just relics from a distant past.
Death and the afterlife
The exhibition focuses on ideas about life and death in antiquity. The many objects testify to the customs, mindsets and beliefs found in a culturally hybrid society. As such, the exhibition shows how various cultural impulses from antiquity have affected humanity’s ideas about death and afterlife, and how such ideas continue to affect and offer perspectives on our present time.
The exhibition is special for its multimedia approach that will offer visitors new ways of gaining insight and interacting with the objects on display: three-dimensional photos on a touch screen, a short movie telling the story of the excavations and a virtual reconstruction of the interior of a tomb.
Live archaeology at the Glyptotek …
Last but not least, the exhibition offers rare first-hand insight into the processes that take objects from being archaeological finds to becoming exhibition artefacts. An archaeological laboratory allows visitors to witness restorers work on microexcavation of block lifts been removed as single, undisturbed pieces from a tomb complex in Crustumerium and transported to Copenhagen for this occasion. In addition to witnessing the actual excavation work, visitors can also see and ask the experts about how archaeological finds are treated, preserved, analysed and interpreted.
… and live from Crustumerium
The excavation work currently undertaken at the city of Crustumerium itself will also be broadcast to Copenhagen. On selected days throughout the summer, the exhibition will facilitate live streaming featuring archaeologists at work in Italy, presenting their most recent discoveries to Copenhagen exhibition visitors.
The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue featuring contributions by thirty-two leading experts within the field. Their articles offer a clear overview of and lucid insight into Iron Age Italy. The catalogue is divided into several themes that take specific topics as their starting point, illustrating the long journey of objects from being archaeological finds to being museum artefacts.
Crustumerium. Death and Afterlife at the Gates of Rome.
120 pages, lavishly illustrated.
Price: 125 DKK. ISBN: 978-87-7452-345-1
Available from the Glyptotek bookshop.
This exhibition is realised under the auspices of the European research and museum consortium COBBRA with contributions from the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo e l’Area Archeologica Centrale in Rome, the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, the Institute of Archaeology of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.
The exhibition is sponsored by
Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond
The archaeology laboratory was realised with support from