Connecting the Museum with the Landscape: a Geographical Solution for the Pigorini Museum, Rome

Arjuna Cecchetti


The Prehistoric Ethnographic National Museum “Luigi Pigorini” holds one of Europe’s most important collections of prehistoric archaeological material with contexts excavated beginning at the end of the nineteenth century. This paper illustrates the first steps towards a digitised model of the archives and of the Museum collection with the aim of refreshing the Museum’s memory by restoring lost connections between the landscape context and the historical documents of archaeological research (including old photographs, registers, notes and sketches). The methodological approach begins with the experience of the project SITAR, the web-based GIS of the Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome. It intends to develop geographically-focused solutions to share the knowledge of the Museum with local communities and to highlight the connections between prehistoric finds and the current landscape, thus contributing to the formation of the community’s identity. This process intends to move the Museum towards a dynamic dimension and make it more accessible and meaningful for contemporary users.


Museum, Archives, Landscape, Public Archaeology, Crowd-Sourcing

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