The exhibition

The museum holds a collection of objects discovered in excavations conducted in the area from the 19th century to the first years of the 20th century, especially from the vast necropolises, including about 30,000 tombs (also the famous François tomb), which cover a time span from the Iron Age to the Roman Age. The museum follows the chronological order of the finds, which are arranged on two floors. Especially for the display of ceramics, the museum offers a chronological and complete view of the different types of the production and trade of the ancient Etruscans and Romans. The complete context of the finds are kept together and displayed.. The exhibition aims intentionally at simplicity which permits the appreciation of the rooms of the ancient fortress.

On the ground floor, dedicated to the Protohistoric Age, are displayed Protovillanovian objects from the monumental settlement of Sorgenti della Nova (Farnese-VT) (12th - 10th centuries BC) and grave goods of the Villanovian Age in cinerary urns of different shapes, and bronze amphoras.

On the far wall there are some animal sculptures in nenfro stone which were originally placed as guards of Etruscan graves at the end of the 7th and especially the 6th century BC.

In the corridor going to the top floor are arranged “ figured capitals” and sculptures made in nenfro from the Late Classical Age to the Hellenistic Age, including the fine group representing the abduction of the daughters of Leukippos.

On the top floor, in the first and the second rooms, are displayed objects from the period between the Early Oriental (last decades of the 8th - first half of the 7th century BC) and the Archaic age (6th century BC). Noteworthy among these materials are the imported ceramics (Corinthian, red and black figured Attiche, Oriental Greek works etc.),and next to these, local manufactured goods such as the bucchero vases and the products of the Etrusco-Corinthian workshops. Also on display are the grave goods of the famous tomb called the Tomb of the Panathenaica because of the presence of an Attica amphora, the type used as a prize in the athletic competitions in Greece.

In the third room, there is a group of grave items from the Late Archaic Age, where there are black figured Etruscan vases (painter from Micali, Munich group 892, and Orbetello group) and Attica ceramics (including a red figured cup painted by Oltos illustrating episodes of the Achilles and Troilos Saga) also from tombs of the Late Hellenistic Age (late 4th - 1st century BC).

In the last room, there are Hellenistic Ex-vote objects from the area of the town (the sanctuary of Herakles and the pit at the North Gate) and from the territory (ex- vote deposit at Tessennano). Architectural and decorative elements of Etruscan and Roman tombs from the necropolis are on display in the courtyard.

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