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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza


N. 12 - 11 lug 2012
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali


Aphrodite‘s scent  

The island of Cyprus has a long association with perfume and archaeologists have recently found remarkable evidence there for the production of ancient fragrances. During a lecture at the Getty Center Maria Rosaria Belgiorno, director of the Italian archaeological mission at Pyrgos-Mavroraki of Cyprus and researcher at Cnr-Institute for Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage, has presented the latest discoveries from the site and exploring the origin of perfume, the methods used to produce it, its importance as an ancient status symbol and its inherent connection with Aphrodite.

The discovery of a perfume factory at Pyrgos, which was buried by an earthquake 4,000 years ago, brings to light important information about the tools and techniques that were used. Traces of local plants that survive on the stone and clay vessels are making it possible for archaeologists to experiment with reproducing the ancient aromas.

The lecture has been presented in conjunction with the exhibition Aphrodite and the Gods of Love on view through July 9, 2012.


Fonte: Maria Rosaria Belgiorno, Istituto per le tecnologie applicate ai beni culturali, Monterotondo Stazione, tel. 06/90672689, email mariarosaria.belgiorno@itabc.cnr.it

Per saperne di più: - www.getty.edu/museum/programs/lectures/aphrodites_scent_lecture.html