The exhibition “The Treasure of Spilamberto. Langobard Lords at the border” gives an encore. In the wake of an incredibly successful six-month run, with more than 6 thousand visitors, the exhibition has been extended to Sunday, 26 June 2011. This is the perfect opportunity to continue to admire beautiful and high-quality artefacts that chronicle the history of a group of Langobards who lived on the banks of the Panaro River fifteen centuries ago.
The exhibition, held in the Spazio Eventi L. Famigli in Spilamberto, is organised by the Municipality of Spilamberto and the Department of Archaeological Heritage of Emilia Romagna.
Sincere gratitude is extended to all the volunteers of the various associations involved with surveillance and supervision throughout the exhibition.
On the eight-hundredth anniversary of our castle, the exhibition “The Treasure of Spilamberto. Langobard lords at the border” is an important occasion for chronicling the history of our community.Among the settlements that have arisen from time immemorial in the area of Spilamberto, from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age and from the Roman to the medieval period, the Langobard settlement, the last one discovered, has left us precious artefacts.
The exhibition will present one of the region’s most important finds in recent decades: the grave goods from a small Langobard cemetery datable between the 6th and 7th centuries AD. Some graves, of warriors and high-ranking women, contain very rich artefacts that include weapons, garments and symbols of a position of power and prestige within the community.
The cemetery, discovered during the quarry excavations near the course of the Panaro River, is certainly the most eastern evidence of the Langobards’ occupation in the region. The Panaro River has been a historical border from the early Middle Ages all the way to the Unification of Italy, and to such an extent that in the eighteenth century the city of Reggio was still called Reggio Lombardia.
We are proud to present this exhibition and extend our sincere gratitude to all those who have made it possible.
The City Council