Giovanni and Nina Gozzadini


The archaeologist and his wife

Giovanni e Nina Gozzadini
Giovanni e Nina Gozzadini

Archaeologist (Bologna, October 15 1810-June 25 1887), Gozzadini linked his name to the discovery of Villanova's necropolis, becaming part of the national and European archaeological history.


In May 1853, after an accidental discovery, Gozzadini sets off a dig at a farm behind the church of Santa Maria delle Caselle, not far from Castenaso town. Thus he brought it to light a culture hitherto unknown in Italy. In two subsequent field researches, he discovered about two hundred tombs for cremation and burial.


Inspired by his country estate, the Count decided to give the name "Villanoviano" to the new civilization.


The important discovery contributed significantly to put light on the more remote phases of human history. Gozzadini documented the discovery through two monographs, published in 1854 and 1856, and through scientific discussions during the 5th International Congress of Prehistoric Anthropology and Archaeology.


"The researcher - says the publication issued by the Muv Museum and Research centre of the Villanovan civilization from Villanova di Castenaso - was credited with the worldwide reputation of Villanova, but he also had the foresight to make known his findings immediately through accurate scientific publications". 


The archaeologist was supported and assisted by his wife Maria Teresa dei Serégo Alighieri, also called Nina (Verona, December 8 1812 – Bologna, September 24 1881). Nina was near to Giovanni when they started the first searches in the cemetery, the estate of Villanova. She executed drawings of the tombs and grave goods gradually found. She was responsible for the recomposition of fragmented remains. 

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Last update: 06-09-2019