HYDRIA ... A container of SYNERGIES!
HYDRIA, the association of social promotion and archeological volunteering active in the municipalities of the Unione Reno Galliera, resides in Bentivoglio, about 500 meters from the IMA-BFB Division establishment – the world’s largest manufacturer of automatic machines for the packaging of pharmaceuticals, food, tobacco, tea and coffee.
Among its members there is a group of employees from the IMA SpA establishment located in Ozzano dell ’Emilia (Stefano Cattani, Luigi Cavina, Alessandro Gadignani, Mauro Maccagnani, Elio Tedeschi, Claudio Trebbi) who are coordinated by manager Moreno Fiorini, renowned for serving for several years as an honorary inspector of SABAP-BO Soprintendenza Archeologia, Fine Arts and Landscape for the metropolitan city of Bologna and the provinces of Modena, Reggio Emilia and Ferrara).
Hydria is extremely active in the area of territorial monitoring, of protection and enhancement of the archeological heritage.
During the spring of 2016, at Castagnolo Minore inside the INTERPORTO logistic hub, about 80 linear meters of a section of Roman road were found during the foundations excavation of a new distribution center of YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP.
Following this discovery, archaeologists from SAP Società Archeologica of Mantova intervened in the archaeological excavation (under the supervision of the Archaeological Superintendence of Bologna - Dr. Tiziano Trocchi).
At the end of their intervention, they hypothesized that the excavation might be part of Via Aemilia Altinate, a road that was commissioned by the Consul Marco Emilio Lepido around the year 175 BC; this road originally started from Bononia (ancient Latin name of Bologna), crossed Padua, Altino and ended in Aquileia, in the north- eastern part of Italy.
Subsequently, HYDRIA enthusiasts triggered a mechanism in the group which led to the acquirement of professional augers for vertical ground drilling – produced by AMS Inc. – which were then modified and customized in the testing workshop of IMA SpA. These augers have allowed Hydria archeologists to be able to trace about 15 km of the original (hypothetical) route of Via Aemilia Altinate.
According to the information available at the moment, depending on the area, the roadbed is between 1.1 and 4.3 meters below the current soil level.
Thanks to the synergies gathered on the territory by the HYDRIA volunteers, last Saturday the 5th of May, under the supervision of the Archaeological Superintendence of Bologna SABAP-BO (dott. Tiziano Trocchi) , an archaeological essay has been started on a stretch of the a.m. road, in an area owned by the municipality of Bentivoglio (the archeological essay promoter) in order to verify the consistency and characteristics of the ancient Roman road.
The volunteers of the HYDRIA association during the next weeks/ months are supposed to clean and make visible to the population the a.m. stretch of the roman road!