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Di Fabrizio A.,Museo Universitario Of Chieti | Paolucci A.,Museo Universitario Of Chieti | Capasso L.,Museo Universitario Of Chieti | D'Anastasio R.,Museo Universitario Of Chieti | And 4 more authors.
Atti della Societa Toscana di Scienze Naturali, Memorie Serie B | Year: 2012

The University Museum of Chieti is carrying on an intense activity in various anthropological fields. The active sectors include: (i) establishing and increasing osteological collections, (ii) researching in the Biology, Biomechanics and Paleopathology of ancient human remains and (iii) disclosing the achieved results, finally (iv) developing conservation techniques, use of anthropological collections and experimentation of new methods of preservation, in particular regarding mummified human tissue. In Paleopathology, the Museum founded the Journal of Paleopathology. Furthermore, the University Museum dedicates an increasingly important role to the scientific research concerning educational strategies as well it is especially devoted to support the emerging awareness of civil and social value related to of cultural heritage and to provide a diversified and articulated offer according to high quality standard and different needs of the public. For this reason, the University Museum of Chieti realized important agreements with local schools with the purpose of acting both at a concrete and a conceptual level in order to improve and make accessible the collections. The Scientific instruments housed in the Museum come from the physics laboratory of the Liceo «G.B. Vico » and the Institute «Isabella Gonzaga» of Chieti, founded in 1850 to support the demonstration of physics of experiments in High School. They count about 800 instruments of mechanics, acoustics, thermodynamics, meteorology, optics, electromagnetism, at the moment under study. A recent acquisition of the Museum is the collection of biological specimens, dated back to XIX century, which has not only a great educational value, but also a significant scientific importance. For this reason extending the Museum spaces dedicated to their exhibition. © 2012, Societa Toscana di Scienze Naturali. All rights reserved.

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