17 Mar 2019

Anthropological Collections


Via Selmi, 3
The Anthropological collections are displayed in the space that Fabio Frassetto- founder, in 1908, of Bologna’s School of Anthropology- dedicated in 1933 to a didactic Anthropology Museum. His aim was to collect and display artefacts and instruments so that the students in his courses might learn about human variability. From then on, the collections have been continuously enriched with anthropometric instruments, plastic facial reproductions modelled on live subjects and on stereoscopic photographs and cranial characteristics, plaster busts, mural panels and fossil casts. A yurt demonstrates the traditional dwelling of Eurasian steppe populations.
The collection of human and other primate skeletons demonstrates the history and evolution of anthropological studies, the story of human evolution and our modern form (Homo sapiens): distinctive in its diversity and indivisibility, given that races do not exist.

The modern human skeleton collection (late 19th– early 20th century) comes from cemeteries in Sardinia and Emilia-Romagna. Each skeleton is identified by age at time of death, sex and cause of death. This remarkable archive recounts the biological and cultural history of humankind and that of the Italian population during this period.


Image: Anthropological Collection
© University of Bologna/Antonio Todero