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Museo regionale di Aidone

Address : Largo Torres Trupia
Province : Enna  City : Aidone
Phone : 0935 87307

Opening hours : Tutti i giorni dalle 9,00 alle 19,00
Ticket full fare :  6,00 €
Ticket reduced fare:  3,00 €
Unique ticket cumulative:  Unique ticket cumulative



Archaeological Museum of Aidone

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The museum is situated in the old city centre of Aidone
 
The museum is housed in the ex Monastery of the Capuchins, built between 1611 and 1613 when it was administered by Father Gregorio da Castrogiovanni. The original architectural structure, including the church dedicated to St. Francis was restored in 1984, when the museum was established. You enter the museum
through the church of St. Francis, whose aisle is partly used as a congress hall. From here, following the stairs you reach the crypt, whose walls are enterely covered by tomb niches.
 
The museum illustrates the history of Morgantina, from the Bronze Age to the Republican Roman period.
The site of Morgantina was already inhabited in the prehistory. The oldest ruins which have been found up to now are on the hill of the Cittadella and are dated back to the 13th c. BC. According to the historical data, during this period the central part of Sicily was occupied by the Morgets, a people coming from the mainland, who probably named Morgantina. The Calcidian colony arrived on the same hill from the valley of Leontinoi and founded its urban settlement. In 459 BC the settlement was besieged and destroyed by the Siculians led by Ducezius. The new town was founded in the near Serra Orlando in around the second half of 5th c. BC, with the orthogonal layout which was used in the newer Greek towns, whose evidences are now very few. The period we are more aware of starts from the 4th c. BC. The town enjoyed a period of great prosperity in the 3rd c., expecially during the kingdom of Iero, which is proved by the ruins of the monumental buildings.
The agorà, which was rebuilt after being destroyed in 211 BC, and the existence of buildings dated up to 50 BC, testify the Roman phase of the town which later, in the Roman-imperial period, was completely abandoned.
 
The collections. The materials exhibited come from excavations made by the American Mission of Princeton and Virgina Universities and by the Superintendency of Siracusa, Agrigento and Enna since the 50s.
 
The arrangement follows both chronological and thematical criteria. The exhibition is supported by maps and explanatory panels.
 
rooms 1, 2 introduction panels and view on the cloister
room 3 prehistoric and protohistoric settlements: Contrada S. Francesco and the Cittadella
room 4 Morgantina in the archaic Greek period: the Cittadella
room 5 the Hellenistic-Roman town: the settlement of Serra Orlando, the sanctuaries, the necropoli
rooms 6, 7, 8, 9 numismatic section (in course of preparation)
room 10 the history of the excavations (in course of preparation)
room 11 plastic model of Morgantina; paintings from the 18th and 19th c.
room 12 pithoi and fictile basins
rooms 13, 14 (mezzanine) everyday life in Morgantina: work, house, cults and shows

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Period

Typological classes

Places of origin

The museum exhibits 3.036 items

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Ancient
Bronze Age
end 3rd millennium-first half 2nd millennium
Pottery, stone objects (hatchets), flints, carved bones

Serra Orlando, S. Francesco, Cittadella (Aidone)

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Late
Bronze Age
11th c. BC
Pottery, stone objects (matrixes and fusaroles), carved bones
Cittadella (Aidone)
1 Cup with plate handle, Cittadella, 11th c. BC
 
2 Vase, plumed pottery, Morgetian settlement, Cittadella, 11th c. BC
1 Tazza carenata
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2 Olla ceramica
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Iron Age
9th-7th c. BC
Pottery, metalwork (bronze fibulas), carved bones
Cittadella (Aidone)

3 Uncoloured askos, protohistoric necropolis, Cittadella, 8th-7th c. BC

2 Olla ceramica
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Archaic Greek period
7th-6th c. BC
Pottery, terracottas (figured terracottas, commom use objects), metalwork (iron utensils, fibulas and bronze jewels), architectural elements (terracotta and limestone), coins, carved bones
Cittadella,
S. Francesco (Aidone)
1 Local vase with handle rings, Cittadella, 6th c. BC
 
2 Fictile antefix with a painted lion mask, archaic naiskos, Cittadella, 6th c. BC
 
3 Painted local kernos, Cittadella, 7th c. BC
 
4 Mermaid-shaped balsam container, Cittadella, 6th c. BC
1 Olla indigena
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2 Antefissa fittile
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3 Kernos indigeno
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4 Balsamario plastico
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Classic Greek period
6th-5th c. BC
Pottery, terracottas (figured terracottas, statues, common use objects), metalwork (iron utensils, fibulas and bronze jewels), coins
Cittadella,
S. Francesco,
Serra Orlando (Aidone)
1 Crater with red figures by the Painter of Euthimides, classic agorà, Cittadella, 460 BC (detail)
1 Cratere a figure rosse
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Hellenistic period
end 4th-3rd c. BC
Pottery, terracottas (figured terracottas, common use objects), sculptures (stone statues), architectural elements (terracotta, limestone), metalwork (bronze, iron, lead objects), coins, epigraphs on stone, carved bones
S. Francesco, Serra Orlando, C.da Agnese (Aidone)
1 Goddess fictile bust with polos, Serra Orlando, end 4th c. BC
 
2 Medusa-shaped fictile antefix, Serra Orlando, end 3rd c. BC
 
3 Fish plate with red figures, Serra Orlando, end 4th c. BC
 
4 Fictile statuette, Serra Orlando, 3rd c. BC
 
5 Female fictile statuette, Serra Orlando, 3rd c. BC
 
6 Male fictile statuette (Hades), Serra Orlando, 3rd c. BC
 
7 Black painted cup, Gnathia style, Serra Orlando, end 4th-3rd c. BC
1 Busto fittile
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2 Antefissa fittile
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3 Piatto da pesce
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4 Statuetta fittile
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5 Statuetta fittile
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6 Statuetta fittile
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7 Coppa a vernice
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Repubblican Roman period
3rd-1st c. BC
Pottery, terracottas (figured and architectural terracottas, basins and water ducts), limestone archi-tectural sculptures, epigraphs on stone, metalwork (bronze fibulas, lead weights, iron keys), coins, carved bones, glasses bronzee, pesi in piombo, chiavi in ferro), monete,
ossi lavorati, vetri
Serra Orlando (Aidone)
1 Pithoi with fictile basins
1 Sala con pithoi
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