The Fornello Sustainable Preservation Project focuses on the site in its early days of research and cultural landscape conservation. The program is an opportunity to experience and learn a wide spectrum of elements and aspects involved in cultural heritage preservation. The workshop also stimulates conversations and ideas around sustainable preservation, aiming towards a positive impact of these programs on local communities.
Throughout the course of the 2017 two workshop sessions, we will work to:
- stabilize cave entrances and the natural skylights made by the original inhabitants of the rupestrian site of Fornello using natural material as tufa blocks and lime base mortar;
- build the wood shelves and the door of the cheese aging cave;
- reconstruct and restore the dry-stone-wall of the site;
- introduction to the practices of fresco restoration and the history of Byzantine frescoes;
- clear caves and landscape of brush and rock debris.
During the sessions, participants will be given instruction on archeological methods, techniques, and documentation while operating in a historical site.
On-site activities are essential to the conservation plan and integrate the local shepherds’ community sharing their knowledge and expertise of cheese making.
The workshop includes excursions and visits to historical sites, town and museums of the region to learn and understand the local history and culture.
Lectures, demos, and guided visits are conducted in English and guest lecturers may be translated into English.
The ancient cave site of Fornello (3rd c. B.C.) is located east of the town of Altamura, in Puglia, Italy. The future goal for the site of Fornello is to create a sustainable conservation model through the restoration of the historical site to the point in which it can function as its original settlement: as cave dwellings, a place of congregation, wine storage, milk collection- cheese making and cheese cave aging. Once restored, local shepherds will be offered the site to use as their own as a milk collective and caves to age their cheeses.
The project aims also to restore the original rainwater collecting system of the site and, ultimately, introduce renewable energy-based utilities. Work will be carried out to recover and preserve the Byzantine frescoes located in the site’s rupestrian cave church. Through the restoration process and archaeological surveys and investigations, the project offers educational/study activities and research opportunities.
Session 1: July 3 – 14, 2017 (THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL)
Session 2: July 19 – 30, 2017
- Includes arrival and departure dates
What to expect
Time at Fornello site will be scheduled in full and half days working. Expect physical work in hot weather conditions alternatively with work in the shaded caves, lectures, hands-on cheese making, one to two hours walking through fields, pastures and archeological sites, full days out, one to two hours drive to visit other site destinations, lunches on site, dinners at our workshop home, and at local osterie, accommodation in shared room occupancy.
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12-day workshop fee:
€1,650 EUR (approximately $1,780 USD)
- Includes: your stay (double occupancy), transportation to and from the Bari airport or train station on arrival and departure days and field trips, meals and wine, entrance fees to museums and sites.
- Does not include: airfare, personal health and travel insurance, and personal expenses.
Workshop Activities also include
- Make typical cheeses of Puglia: Pecorino, Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Scamorza.
- Walk to pasture with the shepherd and his flock and make a traditional shepherds lunch in the field to share together
- Visit the Unesco World Heritage Site of Sassi di Matera for a walking tour and art exhibition of writer and artist Carlo Levi who wrote the book Christ Stopped at Eboli.
- Visit the town of Altamura, famous for its bread, for an architectural tour of the historic centre.
- Trip to Valle d’Itria and spending an afternoon at the beach of a coastal town.
- Visit the archeological sites of Botromagno or Metaponto.
- Informal Italian language classes.