Museum of Bath Votiva di Noceto

Discover the Votive Pool of Noceto: An extraordinary place of worship from 3,500 years ago

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Attention: bookable visits are exclusively in Italian language

In March 2005, construction works on the southern outskirts of Noceto (Parma) led to one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the last decades. 3,500 years ago, during the full Bronze Age, while the Mycenaean world flourished in Greece and the great pharaohs ruled in Egypt, the civilization of Terramare (around 1650-1150 BC) developed in the heart of the Po Valley. It is in this cultural context that the inhabitants of one or more Terramare villages built a grand engineering work, a rectangular wooden basin of over 80 square meters and 3 meters deep, placed inside a large cavity dug into the ground. Once completed, the basin was filled with water and hundreds of votive offerings were placed inside, such as pottery vessels and other objects, animal remains, and a large quantity of wooden and plant fiber artifacts. This discovery is unique, not only for the monumentality of the wooden structure - completely reconstructed inside the Museum - but also for the perfect state of preservation of the materials now displayed in showcases, including five very rare wooden plows. The Votive Basin of Noceto takes us back to the deepest and most mysterious roots of the culture of this territory and opens a window onto the symbolic and spiritual world of our ancestors.
3,500 years ago, in the middle Bronze age, while in Greece blooms in the mycenaean world, and in Egypt, reign of the great pharaohs, in the heart of the Po valley develops the civilization of the Terramare (1650-1150 about.C.). It is in this cultural context that the inhabitants of one or more villages terramaricoli build a great work of engineering, a rectangular pool in the wood of more than 80 square metres deep and 3, placed inside a large cavity excavated in the soil.
Once completed, the tub is filled with water, and inside are laid hundreds of votive offerings, such as vases and other pottery, animal remains, and a large amount of products of wood and plant fiber.
This discovery is unique, not only for the monumentality of the timber structure - completely rebuilt inside the Museum, but also to the perfect state of preservation of the materials now on display in the showcases, including five rare wooden ploughs.
The Hot Votiva di Noceto us back to the roots deepest and most mysterious of the culture of this territory, and it opens a window on the world a symbolic and spiritual of our ancestors.

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