Archaeology & Me

An exhibition about archaeology. What’s not to like? Nothing, it’s just brilliant! 

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to Rome, solely for the purpose of visiting the exhibition Archaeology&Me. A whole exhibition about archaeology set in the most luxurious venue of the National Museum of Rome. Having travelled several hundred of miles to see a show, you might think my expectations would be as high as the plane that took me there, and you’d be right. I was not let down.

Entering the museum you’re welcomed by this excellent presentation of archaeology, asking what it is, how it is and why it is. All displayed with a great concern to color, type and direction. The exhibition makes the visitor contemplate archaeology and its role in todays society. What it is as a method of excavation, as a scientific resource, and as evidence of our heritage, among others.

Never have I seen a show dedicated to the role of archaeology set in a museum that so deeply rely on its function. If archaeology is ever considered in an exhibition it is more likely to function as a ”behind-the-scenes” of history. Here is a whole show that tackles its very role and function – brilliant!

I believe this to be of great importance today when information is being transferred at such a speed, by so many people, and through so many different channels, that the traditional question of ”who controls the past” is changing before our eyes (or under our thumbs). To understand the uses and benefits of archaeology in tomorrows society will be necessary in order to combat the layers of misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the past that is forced upon us. An exhibition like Archeology & Me, presented in a house which owes its very existence to archaeology, is not only entertaining but important. Told in another way or shown in any other venue would probably make you care less and diminish the point its making, proving that a well presented idea is crucial to its acceptance. Good on ya, ArchaeoandMe!

The Archaeology & Me exhibition is taking place in the National Museum of Rome until the 23 of april.

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