Qualche osservazione su Rievocazione, Living History e Archeopark in Italia

This article elaborates and develops two speeches I made at the Forum of the General States of the Historical Re-enactment held in Florence on 9-10 April 2016 and will be included in the White Paper as a result of the Forum. The first part is also a preview of the long field work at a number of archaeological open museums, better known as archeoparks, during the last four years, I conducted as a participant observer, who has not remained a ‘marginal native’, but in some cases took a leading role. Thanks to this period of intense fieldwork, I was able to see the strengths and weaknesses of a number of Italian archeoparks. The second part, however , is more theoretical and concerns the problem of the “authentic reconstruction” of the past and the tension between traditional roles and modern requirements in the historical re-enactment.