–Public Lecture: A new fragment of AE 1987, 464 (Pizzighet​tone, March 15th 2014)–

 tabula invito

Posted on behalf of Assessorato alla Cultura- Comune di Pizzighettone

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Public lecture:  A new fragment of AE 1987, 464, Pizzighettone’s Tabula patronatus. Epigraphical study and archaeological restoration of  the highlight of the municipal Museum collection.

Saturday March 15th, 2014, 4.30 pm, Centro Culturale Comunale di Pizzighettone, Via Garibaldi, 18 – 26026 Pizzighettone (CR) – Italy

Free attendance, all welcome!

You’re  warmly invited (Invito Tabula Patronatus )to the aforementioned afternoon event.

Italy’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Lombardia) and Pizzighettone’s Municipality are delighted to  announce the unveiling of a new piece of AE 1987, 464, a Roman tabula patronatus, restored and again on display to the public, thanks to the generous funding of Pizzighettone Municipal Council.


The lecture will be given by Paola Tomasi, epigrapher at University of Pavia and Genova, who conducted the study of the inscription, and Florence Caillaud, who will be talking to us about the restoration work she performed in her lab in Bologna.

Speakers include Filippo Maria Gambari, Head of Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Lombardia, and Francesco Muscolino, archaeologist at the same government department responsible for archaeological heritage.

The event is organized and funded by Pizzighettone Municipality, and patronized by Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Lombardia.


The lecture will be followed by drinks and nibbles. An exceptional opening to the public on Sunday, March 16th, 3-6 pm, will allow visitors to explore the museum’s collection and appreciate the display cabinet especially made to showcase the tabula patronatus.  


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Italian version of this press release can be found here: COMUNICATO STAMPA TABULA PATRONATUS PIZZIGHETTONE 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to address your enquiries to the following contact details:

Phone (landline): +39 0372 743347

e-mail: cultura@comune.pizzighettone.cr.it

Londinium…is back!

wood writing tablet
wood writing tablet 

Archaeologists of MOLA working in a waterlogged trench at the Bloomberg Place1  have recovered more than 10,000 objects from Roman London, including writing tablets (more than 100 fragments!), amber, a well with ritual deposits of pewter, coins and cow skulls, thousands of pieces of pottery, a unique piece of padded and stitched leather, and the largest collection of lucky charms in the shape of phalluses ever found on a single site.

To find more about this “Pompeii of the North”, as the site has been nicknamed, check these articles from the Guardian, The Indipendent , the Telegraph, the Journal.ie, and the news on BBC and the CNN.

An interview to  Sadie Watson (site director) by Erin McLaughlin clarifies the importance of this exciting discovery, broadcasted on April 10th.

For more information in Italian, a gallery of pictures related to findings and a video on that, take a look at the links from the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera”.  The news has had a wide echo in local newspapers, from North (Friuli) to South (Sicily: ViviEnna).

Once again…Romans are back! 🙂

  1. already known for the Temple of Mithras []

Fabia Priscilla from Rome to Alassio

An unpublished1 funerary inscription, preserved in Alassio, on a private villa’s façade.

The stele bears the following text:inscription from Alassio

D(is) M(anibus) .

Fabiae Priscillae

P(ublius) Fabius


patronae b(ene) m(erenti).








Probably from Rome, it might have been brought to Liguria as part of an antiquity collection2 .

You can see the PDF version here or you can download it: una_stele_funeraria_inedita_da_Alassio.


  1. It hadn’t been included in the epigraphical supplementum of Liguria (regio IX) and you can find a reference to it in EDR []
  2. possibly related to the British tourism []