Civitavecchia, January 2016 – sponsorship of the exhibition of Navale Sperimentale – Navalia “power and technology of rome’s fleet”
The exhibition represents a journey through ancient ship wreckage and particular finds serving as a basis for philological hypotheses reconstructing functioning machinery and apparatus. This enhances our understanding of the extraordinary navigational skills of the ancient populations and how, thanks also to the technology, the Romans were able to traverse and “conquer” Seas and Oceans.
This summer the exhibition has proved highly successful, arousing the interest of citizens, cruise passengers from many countries, experts and archaeologists, but it is also turned out to have great appeal for many university and high school students.
This time the exhibition will be presented at Civitavecchia, in the evocative premises of Marine Service, in Calata Principe Tommaso 21, in the Ancient Port of Civitavecchia not far from the famous fountain by Vanvitelli, restoration of which was sponsored by the Consorzio Stabile Castalia. The association between Castalia and the Marine Studies Archaeological Centre (CASN-LANS) – which liaises with the world of marine archaeology through the French CNRS and various universities in Italy and abroad – is the result of profound respect for the sea and its secrets, and this is why it will also be possible to admire systems, machinery and robots utilised for modern submarine research.
In the surroundings of Navalia it will also be possible to see – still perfectly functioning – the aqueduct that supplied the naves onerariae (cargo ships), quadriremes and quinqueremes in transit or anchored at the port of Centumcellae.