SITE PRESENTATION \ 238
1: G. Buccellati, July 2009
FunctionIndividual small posters are placed at a variety of places within the excavations. I call them "reading stands" because of their look, similar to that of the stands used for playing music instruments. Conceptually, I consider them like footnotes on a printed page: they provide important additional detail, but they can be read or skipped depending on interest and time availability.
For casual visitors, they anticipate questions, stimulate latent interests and direct the attention to points of detail. Even a visitor in a rush knows that something deserves more reflection, and the very availability of the information encourages further thoughtful and unhurried visits.
For interested visitors, the "footnotes" offer the possibility to study the site as one would a book. It is in this sense that conservation and site presentation go hand in hand: what is explained ought to be visible in its original state, as it was when first excavated. Then the site itsef is effectively presented in this full documentary power.
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CharacteristicsThe reading stands are a central component of the Mozan presentation system, because of the following characteristics.
ClustersThere are at present twenty-five reading stands, divided into four clusters. They follow the narrative proposed by the itinerary and highlighted by the signposts.