Masked Identities: From Votive Rituals to Political Transformations
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 | 18:15 | Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
A public lecture by Dr Jacopo Tabolli (Sapienza University of Rome) during his term as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub in collaboration with the School of Histories and Humanities.
This lecture will present the transformations in the identity of an ancient community, which celebrated a peculiar votive ritual in the first half of the 3rd century BC at Narce, a Faliscan site, 35km north of Rome (Italy). The recent discovery of more than 300 terracotta masks within a votive deposit, which filled the foundation trench of a sacred enclosure, permitted to reconstruct a communal ritual. The deposition of masks has been traditionally associated to other anatomical votives (corresponding to a partial representation of the face), but this discovery allowed us to revaluate their role as masks.
By presenting the archaeological record of this ritual, and comparing it to contemporary evidence from central Italy, this lecture will address themes such as the definition of the links between war and religious places, preservation and transformation of memories and re-actualisation of past identities. At the same time the lecture will present an innovative digital display of the archaeological record as part of a project to communicate ancient identity and religious actions to a non-specialist audience.