The Archaeological Museum of Castrovillari came into existence thanks to the researcher Agostino Miglio, it was created by the Municipality in 1958 and located in the seat of the Archivio di Stato. In 1983 is was moved to the rooms on the ground floor of Palazzo Gallo, then successively moved in 1993 to the rooms on the first floor. In 2002 it was transferred to the Protoconvent Francescano by the Gruppo Archeologico del Pollino, an association which protects and valorizes fine art, in the occasion of 20th anniversary and the new seat has been open since 21st December 2002. In 2007, for the occasion of 25 years of activity, the Gruppo Archeologico del Pollino, under the direction of Avvocato Claudio Zicari, presented a new , more modern and functional display of exhibits, enriched by illustrative panels and supported by a multimedia room. The museum documents the archaeological patrimony of the Territorio of Castrovillari and its surrounding areas , from the prehistoric to the medieval period . There are stone and bone findings from Celimarro di Castrovillari, where a Paleolithic site was found. From the prehistoric period there are findings from the cave of sant’Angelo di Cassano Jonio, which testify presence from the Bronze age. Particularly interesting are the findings from the prehistoric necropolis, Bellu Luco, located along the river Cosile, in the area of Castrovillari. Of particular interest are the artifacts, in chronological order, dating from prehistoric times to today. In the display cabinet, dedicated to the hills, in fact, there are artifacts referable to the Greeks, also a site of a religious cult, fragments from the Roman age and fine Early Medieval ceramics. In the Archaeological museum there are traces of Greek settlements from the area of Vescovado and Pontoconvento. During the excavation works, by the Gruppo archeologico del Pollino, a series of fragments of ceramic in relief and red Hoplite figures were uncovered. A Necropolis was also uncovered from the Hopolite era, including a well preserved skeleton found together with small vessels and a spearhead, which have helped to identify him as a warrior from the III Century AC., The museum also documents the presence of Romans in the territory of Castrovillari. They were individuated by a series of small rural houses, where fragments of fine ceramics, delicate glassware and a series of agriculture tools were found. Thus proving, agriculture in this area was an important industry even in Roman times. Some of the most interesting and fine artifacts from the Early Medieval period come from the necropolis of Celimarro, where a bronze buckle decorated with horses in a circle and a lead cross decorated with balls, were uncovered by the Gruppo Archeologicao del Pollino. In the museum there is a rich collection of artifacts coming from the sites of Francavilla Marittima and Torre del Mordillo di Spezzano Albanese, which testify to the indigenous and Greek periods. Finally, the museum holds, what remains of the Marchese Gallo’s collection. This was one of the original exhibits of this fascinating museum. This museum is an absolute must for anyone interested in studying the history of area.
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