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Fornello Sustainable Preservation Workshop 2016

July 11 - 22, 2016
12-day workshop
Fee: €1,450 EUR
Organized by: Messors
Location: Italy

FORNELLO is a site made up of a Byzantine fresco cave, 12 additional cave dwellings and evidence of a settlement dating to the 3rd century B.C. The ancient settlement includes a shepherd's house that dates to the 1700's and dry-stone courtyards that outline a pre-existing sheep farm. It is one of the most interesting and historically important sites in the Murgia region of Puglia. The frescoes are comprised of three layers that date to 1100, 1200, and 1350. The fresco paintings document a link and a time in history when Byzantine communities spreading from the Balkans were establishing themselves in Puglia in the rupestral settlement.

MISSION - THE FORNELLO PROJECT
The ancient cave site of Fornello is located east of the town of Altamura, in Puglia, Italy. The aim of the project is to create a sustainable conservation model through the complete restoration of the historical landscape, highlighting the importance of the site by converging interests, energies and actions toward the preservation of the original settlement as well as promoting sustainable living practices.

The goal is to restore the 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.
We will restore the original rain water collecting system on 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 rupestral cave church. Through the restoration process and archaeological surveys and investigations, the projects aims to offer educational activities and research opportunities.

Finally, the project aims to support and promote the local agro-pastoral community, the history and the heritage of the local food culture practices, strongly bound to the geomorphological characteristics and climate of the region. Through hands-on activities, educational workshops and lectures of food anthropology and history of biodiversity related to the production of cheese, bread and wine, the site will offer the opportunity of experiencing a sustainable way of life.

For more information and to book, visit: http://www.messors.com/p/the-fornello-project.html#.Vq4rNuS6HIU

SUBMITTED BY: Tonio Creanza AUTHOR: Tonio CreanzaORIGINAL PUBLISHED DATE: 1/23/2016

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