The Archaeodrome of Poggibonsi is a unique, engaging experience, a journey into the past, back to the time of Charlemagne. It recreates on a scale of 1:1 one of the most important discoveries from the hill where thePoggio Imperiale sits: a village from the Frankish Period (9th to mid-10th century), built in the configuration of what is likely an early example of the manor system, made up of a longhouse that measures 17 x 8.5 metres, surrounded by various smaller structures used in craftsmaking and in storing foodstuffs and produce, as well as buildings serving as workplaces.
Inaugurated in 2014 and further expanded in 2016, the Archaedrome of Poggibonsi is a project that carries on with the reconstruction in progress of 17 structures unearthed during the excavation of the village from the Carolingian Period. To date, the longhouse (a farm dwelling complete with barnyard and henhouse) has been rebuilt, along with the blacksmith’s forge, the bread oven, two hay barns and a vegetable garden. Added to these are several temporary roofed-in areas for craftswork, scheduled to be replaced soon by other structures. Indeed, over the next few years, the Archaeodrome will be expanded to include many other buildings such as the butchery, the granary, workers’ dwellings, the ceramics kiln, and all the other structures connected to the productive activities of cultivating the nearby lands and raising livestock.
The area of the Northwestern Bastion houses two museum exhibitions, one focusing on the evolution of fortified Renaissance architecture subsequent to the introduction of gun-powder, and the other on materials unearthed in excavations, especially bone and ceramic objects.