ERNICO ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

PIAZZA GUGLIELMO MARCONI, (Anagni)


The 15TH mountain community "Valle del Liri" wanted to propose an initiative that reverses this way to search, to give orders, greater completeness and thematic consequenzialità the work underway, through the creation of a territorial Museum on the Former, studied on a field of research that encompasses a large area of Central Italy, with a general framework of anthropological type.
As has often been the subject of debate, it is also attempted finding the boundaries of scientific Ciociaria in time, starting from the analysis of vintage documentation (atlases, travel diaries, chronicles, books, etc.), because, resulting from a dynamic and popular Convention issued not by rules, have embraced territories before internal variables only to the Papal States, then extended to the Kingdom of the two Sicilies , an expansion that has developed since the first of 800 until 1927, when they still were considered members of the Ciociaria which many other historic centres, e.g., Velletri, Palestrina, Valmontone, Subiaco, Sezze, Sonnino, Terracina, Gaeta, Minturno, Sessa Aurunca and Roveto Valley countries.
From 1927 with the creation of the province of Frosinone occurred, by Convention always a popular modern Ciociaria significantly more restricted and coinciding with the new provincial boundaries and with the exclusion of the territories falling under the current provinces of Rome, L'Aquila, Caserta and Latina. Even happened that Salazar's territory, which was first given the name Cioceria (the cross), does not fall today in the current boundaries of Ciociaria.
But studying in the last two-three centuries of a population, mainly consisting of shepherds and farmers, was not easy, being now shaded tracks prevailing oral type; This, however, was resolved by having the luck of draw to a mass of Visual and textual materials of great beauty and importance, many of them unpublished, produced mainly by foreign travelers of the 700 and 800 and received by us in the richness of many details, which now no more remembered.
This work led to the discovery or rediscovery of many basic elements of the agro-pastoral civilization ciociara, its religious traditions, practices, popular songs, local knowledge of the working conditions of men and women in the last period of rurality, before major changes of the 20th century.


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