Unlike classic museums, the Ecomuseum characterizes itself as a museum of time and space. A museum of time because it does not place any special emphasis on particular historical periods but follows a path that from the past leads to the present day. A museum of space because it is closely connected with the environment, the land and human presence.
The Ecomuseum does not merely exhibit a collection of objects, but an entire district, with its history and main economic resource. Set in the traditional area of the alabaster field, the museum offers two visiting itineraries:the excavation itinerary and the working and trading itinerary. The former concerns the area centring on the old quarries of Venelle and Venelle Ostini, a part of which, extending between Santa Luce and Castellina Marittima, has been recovered. The second itinerary is entirely in the historic centre of Volterra.
The Ecomuseum also makes use of some fixed structures: Santa Luce’s former town hall houses the Digging Area Archive, preserving the historical and cultural memories of the local community in an archaeological section containing tools and other artefacts. There is also a virtual educational laboratory dedicated to alabaster. Another section is dedicated to the blacksmith’s trade, given the evident connection between the blacksmithery and the digging activity (blacksmiths produced the tools used by quarrymen). The Masseto quarry features the reconstruction of a working place inside an old tunnel.
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