Associated Partners & Stakeholders

Associated Partners

Superintendence for Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape, Roma Metropolitana, Viterbo and Etruria Meridionale (Italy)

It is a public authority supervising all assets of archaeological interest located in the area of competence, and to check the correct execution of the excavations, also by means of concessionaires. It will supervise the sampling phase and will have the role of scientific responsible for the archaeological activities. No budget has been allocated for its contribution.

Department of Environmental Biology, University of Roma ‘La Sapienza’ (Italy)

This Department has carried out palynological analysis on Lake Mezzano and analysis on macro-remnants in Bolsena (Prof. Laura Sadori).

Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Wood Science and Technology, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

The Department is well-known to glacial lake researchers and has already partnered with the University of Tuscia for researches in Lake Bolsena. Prof. Katarina Cufar’s scientific skills on wood science and technology will help compare existing results on glacial lakes.

Servei de Patrimoni Arqueològic i Paleontològic de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Spain) – Archaeological Service

It is reponsible for the correct application of norms governing archaeological and palaeontological activity in Catalonia, proposing, defining and coordinating programs to protect Catalonia’s archaeological and palaeontological heritage. This institution studies and evaluates heritage conditions as it defines and coordinates the development of prevention policies and ensure its correct execution. Here, it will define protection policies for waterlogged archaeological heritage.

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology of Institució Milà i Fontanals (Spain) (integral to High Research Council of Spain).

It studies dynamics of social change from Prehistory to the Middle Ages. Collections include samples of soil micromorphology, archaeobotany, experimental and geological collection. These laboratories are equipped with optical microscopy and a 3D scanner and the collections and facilities are at the IMF in Barcelona where they can be assessed by colleagues and the public though established procedures. Here, it will continue fieldwork at La Draga.

Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya (Spain)

The Archaeological Museum of Catalonia’s aims to preserve, research and diffuse archaeological remains that illustrate historical evolution from prehistory to the Middle Ages. MAC is divided into a network of museums and archaeological sites. The network includes Catalonia’s museums managing the region’s most important archaeological heritage, its collections and the archaeological sites are led by MAC and CASC (Centre d’Arqueologia Subaquàtica de Catalunya). Here, MAC’s responsibities involve conservation of the organic materials from La Draga.

Museu Arqueològic de Banyoles (Spain)

This Regional Archaeological Museum preserves regional paleontological and archaeological materials. The Museum is responsible for the Neolithic site of La Draga and has leaded the research carried out at the site since 1991 with the help of other institutions (Spanish Scientific Research Council, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Archaeology Museum of Catalonia and Centre for Underwater Archaeology of Catalonia). Materials recovered at the site are stored at the Museum that is the responsible of the conservation and restoration. Here, the museum’s responsibilities include post-excavation conservation of La Draga’s organic materials.


Museum of Bolsena lake (Italy)

The museum presents the geological, archaeological and naturalistic documentation from the Bolsena area and illustrates the areas of particular historical and archaeological interest present in the surrounding area. The entrance to the section of the fortress, preceded by funerary and votive monuments from the Roman era, is dominated by a Roman marble sarcophagus. In the geological section some rock samples are exhibited, while Protohistory is witnessed by finds from the Bronze and Iron Ages, mostly coming from the lakebeds. The funerary objects from the Capriola necropolis belong to the beginning of the Etruscan age, while a chamber tomb from the Melona locality documents the end of the period. On the upper floor are the testimonies relating to the Roman city of Volsinii, consisting of ceramics, architectural terracottas and frescoes; in particular, the famous ‘Throne of the Panthers’ is worth mentioning. The ground floor of Palazzo Monaldeschi houses an archaeological section, dedicated to research carried out in the Volsini area (Etruscan and Roman finds). On the same floor the medieval section was set up, dedicated to the ceramics found in the ‘butto’ of the fortress. On the first floor of Palazzo Monaldeschi, the section dedicated to the Ars Wetana (the tradition of Orvieto lace) and the one on the wrecks of the lake, chronologically between the Bronze Age (pirogues) and the last world war (remains of a bomber that crashed in 1944).

Research center, Diving school of Bolsena (Italy)


Biodistretto Lago di Bolsena (Italy)

The Biodistrict is an alliance between farmers, public administrations, artisans, entrepreneurs, tourism operators and local communities for sustainable management of local resources

Bolsena Lake Association

The aim of the Lake Bolsena Association is the environmental protection of Lake Bolsena with particular attention to the main critical issues due to sewage spills, the dangers of geothermal energy and the expansion of monocultures that require irrigation and pesticides. It carries out its activity with continuous monitoring of the lake, informative publications, organization of scientific conferences, public meetings with citizens, educational projects for schools, training courses for adults, environmental protection actions and interventions at European, national and regional institutions and local.

Municipality of Bolsena

Discover Bolsena, the activities, the culture of the Municipality. Observing Bolsena and its lake, one immediately gets the impression that nature has worked hard to make this land unique: a place where the main elements have merged together to create an unrepeatable panorama.