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Museo archeologico regionale Paolo Orsi di Siracusa

Address : Viale Teocrito, 66
Province : Siracusa  City : Siracusa
Phone : 0931.489511 fax 0931.489532



Regional Archaelogical Museum Paolo Orsi, Siracusa
 

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Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi

The museum is located in the Villa Landolina Park in the new part of the town, between the Catacombs of St. John and the Catacombs of Vigna Cassia. The Park is rich in archaeological traces (Christian hypogei, remains of an archaic necropolis, elements of Hellenistic dwellings in Syracuse) and is of great historical interest (non-Catholic cemetery with the tomb of the German poet August von Platen).
 
The museum is housed in a modern structure inaugurated in 1988 and dedicated to Paolo Orsi (1859-1935), the famous archaeologist who directed the Museum for more than 30 years.
The building consists of a basement floor, with the conference hall and offices, plus two upper floors, covering an overall area of 12,000 square metres.
At the moment the exhibition occupies only one of the upper floors, but when the final arrangement is complete, the exhibition area will cover about 9,000 square metres.
 
The museum illustrates the prehistory and the history of nearly all the main archaeological sites in central and eastern Sicily, until the end of classical period.
When the final arrangement is complete, there will be also an exhibition of material from the Hellenistic, Roman and Christian periods.
 
The museum originates from a small late-18th c. collection belonging to the local archbishopric, to which local private collectors later donated further items.
This material constituted the main part of the Civic Museum set up in 1811, which in 1878 was transformed into the National Museum.
Most of the exhibits today come from excavations conducted by the Soprintendenza dei Beni Culturali e Ambientali of Syracuse.
 
The arrangement of the museum is designed to give a topographical and chronological overview of the items. The exhibition consists of three sections distributed around a large circular area which illustrates the history of the museum and gives an overall view of the individual items displayed in the various sections. The exhibition is presented throughout with ample explanatory material in order to guarantee full understanding, with geographical and photographical documentation related to the archaeological sites and the relevant history of the excavations.

Veduta Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi

 

Period

Typology

Places of origin

The museum exhibits 18,481 items

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From the Cretaceous to the Quaternary
120000000 to 1700000 BC
Rocce, fossili

Sicilia sud-orientale

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Upper Palaeolithic
33,500 to 10,000 BC
Selci, graffiti, reperti in pietra
San Corrado (Palazzolo Acreide), Fontana Nuova (Vittoria), e altri siti della Sicilia orientale

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Neolithic
5th-4th millennium BC
Pottery, flints, obsidians, terracotta (statuettes and punches)
Stentinello (Syracuse), Megara Hyblaea (Augusta), Matrensa (Syracuse), territory of Paternò, and other sites in eastern Sicily
1 Vase of the "Stentinello civilization", Matrensa
 
2 Pear-shaped pitcher, Chiusazza grotto, Syracuse

 

1 Vaso della Cultura di Stentinello, Matrensa
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2 Orcio piriforme, grotta Chiusazza di Siracusa
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Copper age
3rd millennium BC
Pottery, flints, obsidians
Syracusan grottoes, Malpasso (Caltanissetta), Serraferlicchio (Agrigento) and other sites of south-eastern and southern Sicily
3 Vase, Serraferlicchio
 
4 Jug, Malpasso

 

3 Vaso, Serraferlicchio
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4 Bicchiere, Malpasso
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Bronze age
from 2nd millenium to 9th c. BC
Pottery, flints, carved bones, stone reliefs, metalwork (bronze, gold), jewels
Castelluccio (Noto), Monte Tabuto (Ragusa), Montaperto (Agrigento), Thapsos (Syracuse), Pantalica (Sortino), Cassibile (Noto) and other sites in eastern and central Sicily
5 Tomb panel, necropolis of Castelluccio
 
6 A selection of vases, necropolis and urban area of Thapsos
 
7 Vase from the "royal" tomb of Pantalica

 

5 Portello tombale, necropoli di Castelluccio
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6 Panoramica di vasi, abitato e necropoli di Thapsos
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7 Vaso dalla tomba "reale" di Pantalica
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Iron age
9th-7th c. BC

Pottery, metalwork (bronze and iron), jewels, ivory

Finocchito (Noto),
Mendolito (Adrano), Valle del Marcellino (Melilli), and other sites in eastern and central Sicily
8 Flask with engraved decoration, necropolis of Marcellino
 
9 Basin with impressed decoration, Finocchito

 

8 Borraccia con decorazione incisa, necropoli della Valle del Marcellino
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9 Bacino a decorazione impressa, Finocchito
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Greek archaic period
7th-6th c. BC
Pottery, architectural elements in terracotta, limestone and marble; terracotta, marble, limestone and bronze sculptures, terracottas (figured terracotta, tools), stelae, metalwork (bronze, gold, silver, iron), ivory, glasswork, inscriptions on stone and bronze, jewels
Naxos (Giardini
Naxos),
Mylai (Milazzo),
Zankle (Messina), Katane (Catania), Leontinoi (Lentini), Megara Hyblaea, Siracusa, Eloro, Akrai (Palazzolo Acreide), Kasmene, Kamarina, Mineo, Vizzini,
Licodia Eubea, Grammichele,
Monte San Mauro, Caltagirone, Altobrando, Francavilla di Sicilia, Centuripe, Paternò, Adrano, Gela, Agrigento,
Palma di Montechiaro
1 Little horse, late geometric period, bronze, Necropolis of Fusco (Syracuse), late 8th c. BC
 
2 Crater, local workshop, necropolis of Fusco,
7th c. BC
 
3 limestone, Megara Hyblaea, 6th c. BC
 
4 Roof tile in the shape of a horseman, terracotta, Kamarina, 6th c. BC
 
5 Theatre mask, terracotta, Megara Hyblaea, 6th c. BC
 
6 Male statuette, bronze (known as "Ephebe"), Adrano, 6th c. BC
 
7 Female figure, high relief, limestone, Kasmene, 6th c. BC
 
8 Marble statue of young man, Lentini,
late 6th c. BC
 
9 Statue of goddess, terracotta, Grammichele, 6th c. BC
 
10 Slab with Gorgon, terracotta, Syracuse, 6th c. BC

 

1 Cavallino tardo geometrico in bronzo, necropoli del Fusco (Siracusa), fine VIII sec. a.C.
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2 Cratere di produzione locale, necropoli del Fusco(Siracusa), VII sec. a.C.
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3 Statua in calcare di Dea Madre, Megara Hyblaea,VI sec. a.C.
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4 Coppo di colmo di tetto a forma di cavaliere in terracotta, Kamarina, VI sec. a.C.
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5 Maschera teatrale in terracotta, Megara Hyblaea, VI sec. a.C.
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6 Statuetta virile in bronzo (detta Efebo), Adrano, VI sec. a.C.
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7 Altorilievo di figura femminile in calcare, Kasmene, VI sec. a.C.
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8 Statua in marmo di giovane, Lentini,fine VI sec. a.C.
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9 Statua di divinit femminile in terracotta,Grammichele, VI sec. a.C.
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10 Lastra in terracotta con raffigurazione di Gorgone, Siracusa, VI sec. a.C.
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Greek classical period
5th-4th c. BC
Pottery, sculpture (marble statuary, fictile reliefs, bronze statuettes), stone and marble architectural elements, terracotta
(red-figured terracottas)
Naxos, Zankle, Katane, Leontinoi, Megara Hyblaea, Siracusa, Eloro, Akrai, Kasmene, Kamarina, Mineo, Scordia, Licodia Eubea, Grammichele, Altobrando (Caltagirone),
Piano Casazzi (Caltagirone), Paternò, Adrano, Gela, Agrigento
1 Gutter, marble, from Athenaion in Syracuse, 5th c. BC
 
2 Marble statue, Syracuse, 5th c. BC
 
3 Male torso, marble, Syracuse, 5th c. BC
 
4 Bust of a divinity, terracotta, Syracuse,
late 5th c. BC
 
5 Attic pelike, signed by the painter Polygnotus, Gela, 5th c. BC

 

1 Grondaia in marmo, Athenaion di Siracusa, V sec. a.C.
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2 Torso virile in marmo, Siracusa, V sec. a.C.
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3 Busto di divinit in terracotta, Siracusa, fine V sec. a.C.
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4 Pelike attica firmata dal pittore Polignoto, Gela, V sec. a.C.
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