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  • 07/12/2019

“Cervia Vecchia – Ficocle” Project

The MUSA salt museum of Cervia holds an illustrated exhibition and presentation of the results of the first phase of archaeological recognition Saturday 21 December from 17.00.


On Saturday 21 December at 17.00, the Musa Salt Museum of Cervia will hold the presentation of the results of the first research campaign of the “Cervia Vecchia-Ficocle” project promoted by the University of Bologna – Department of History Culture Civilisation, the Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini, the Town of Cervia, the Musa Salt Museum and the Gruppo Culturale “Civiltà Salinara” of Cervia.

The Culture councillor of the Town of Cervia Michele Fiumi, the project coordinators Marco Cavalazzi and Mila Bondi of the University of Bologna and Kevin Ferrari of the Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini will be present.

This will be followed by the inauguration of the exhibition “Cervia Ritrovata. La scoperta della Città Antica e del suo territorio” which describes the methods and research activities conducted in relation to the project, through photographs taken by the MUSA Photography group and explanatory texts. The exhibition will remain open to the public at MUSA until 23 February.

During this first year of research, the University of Bologna, in association with the Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini, conducted a first surface investigation campaign geared to mapping the archaeological sites visible on the surface in the countryside of Cervia, with the purpose of rebuilding the evolution of the rural population from the Pre-Roman age to date.

Between last September and November, about 15 archaeologists inspected an area of approximately 5 km² of the Cervia countryside, between the zone of the Park of the salt pan of Cervia and that of Pisignano, gathering thousands of archaeological finds and identifying different sites, 10 of which were previously completely unknown. The zones to be systematically investigated included the area of Cervia Vecchia and the area of Prato della Rosa. They are both at the centre of the salt pan where thousands of finds have been recovered, some of which are of notable historical interest because they shed light on a large part of the history of Cervia, from the Pre-Roman Age to the end of the Middle Ages, when the old town was abandoned, and the population relocated to the sea, to the new Cervia.

The “Ficocle-Cervia Vecchia” project has been made possible thanks to the economic and logistical support of the Gruppo Culturale Civiltà Salinara, of the University of Bologna, of the Town of Cervia, of MUSA and of the Superintendence. It also includes a variety of other interventions that include archaeological excavation, coring and other investigations, to conduct in the coming years, and is part of a wider research investigation, begun at the beginning of the 2000s by the University of Bologna, with the purpose of studying the history of the Ravenna plain during Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The “Cervia Vecchia –Ficocle” project is currently complemented by two research projects: the “Bassa Romandiola” project in the Union of the Towns of Lowland Romagna and the “Faventia” project in the Faenza plain. This research concurs to give full knowledge and enhance a local historical-archaeological heritage of great value and interest.


Cervia, 17th December 2019