On April 3rd of 1922, during a pipeline excavation in Valle Trebba, one of the recently dewatered Comacchio valleys, very important clay findings were unearthed. The Ephorate of Antiquities and Chamber of Fine Arts was immediately called, and reported that the items had inestimable value. Fragments of Attica ceramics, found mostly in a mythical Etruscan necropolis, Spina.
This is how this archaeological story randomly began to unravel with some unique findings and continues until today. Director of the first excavations was Augusto Negrioli, who was succeeded by Salvatore Aurigemma until 1935, where the National Archaeological Museum of Ferrara was inaugurated, in the Palazzo of Lodovico il Moro. After the war, in 1946, the new ephor, Paolo Enrico Arias, had the difficult task to reconstitute, i.e. to revive the Ephorate of Antiquities of Emilia Romagna and the Spina’s museum. One year later, in 1947, Nereo Alfieri took over management of the museum and the Arias-Alfieri begun their close cooperation, giving life to the second excavation mission in Valle Pega, another valley previously dewatered.
The film is dedicated to all these great protagonists of the Spina discovery and to their associates, but also to all those who were and still are interested in Spina.