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The Mubo – Museum of the Woodlands – it is hosted inside Castle Manfredi, a historical building of medieval origin situated in the settlement of Supersano. The museum, which opened to the public in 2011, was created to tell the millenary history of an ecosystem that has largely...
The Mubo – Museum of the Woodlands – it is hosted inside Castle Manfredi, a historical building of medieval origin situated in the settlement of Supersano. The museum, which opened to the public in 2011, was created to tell the millenary history of an ecosystem that has largely disappeared: the woodlands of Belvedere. Covering a vast area, currently territory to fifteen municipalities, until the mid 19th century, had a woodland that was an important natural resource for the community that lived in the area historically attested from the Roman period.
The course of Mubo is divided along seven exposition rooms, with the possibility to visit a medieval period tower and the bookshop. The exposition attempts to combine the demands of popular character, guaranteed by the rich set of reconstructions and explanatory panels, through a scientific rigor of care provided by a group of specialists and academics coordinated by Professor Paul Arthur, the scientific director of the project.
On the ground floor the exhibition is dedicated to environmental aspects linked to the Belvedere Woodlands, to an ethnographic collection of ancient craft instruments related to the woodlands and a story of this eco system through cartographic reproductions. A particular impact is given by a big illustration of the woodland environment created in the main room of the main tower of the castle in Castro.
The upper floor has five rooms that re-tell the history of the occupation and utilization of this area by man from the Palaeolithic to modern age. In particular, in the two rooms dedicated to prehistory, not only archaeological materials are on exposition but also various remakes of lithic instruments and ceramic artefacts. These enable the visitors to understand the use and techniques of construction of these objects. The main room of the upper floor is dedicated to the Byzantine village of the locality of Scorpo, where archaeological excavations are being carried out by the University of Salento since 1999. Followed by a room dedicated to the middle centuries of the medieval period and another destined to illustrate the rupestrian church of the Madonna of Coelimanna, with its splendid medieval period frescoes and regional planning in modern age.