The Archeological Civic Museum, hosted since 1989 in the early-Twentieth century elegant Palazzo Gori, in Magliano Sabina downtown, holds many important finds as the result of a research carried out since 1980 by local volunteers.
The entire collection is an excellent contribution to the archaic history of the Sabina Tiberina area.
The Museum collections
The Museum’s materials are distributed over three floors. The exhibits are displayed according to their origin, and are showcased in a chronological succession, tracing the main lines of the Sabine civilization.
On the ground floor you will find Pre-historic materials dating back to the Middle and Upper Paleolithic, that allow us to date the presence of human settlements along the course of the Tiber river in such a remote age.
On the first floor you will find the Proto-historic and Archaic sections, where we have findings from the Late Iron Age and the Late and Recent Bronze Ages.
Among the other exposed marvels, it is worth mentioning some locally produced black-painted brown pots, as well as some warriors’ grave goods consisting of various iron weapons. Most of this remains come from the excavations of the necropolis of Colle del Giglio.
The second floor hosts finds of the Hellenistic phase, the Romanization and the Middle Ages in the Sabine lands, and Roman and Late Antiquity.
These objects witness the Sabina’s ceramic production and the steady commercial relationships with the Faliscans, the Etruscans and the Attics.
The Faliscans, along with the Capenatians, occupied a region to the North-east of Rome, between the Tiber River and the Lakes of Vico and Bracciano, and between the territories of Cimino and Veio.
The excavations disclosed ceramic fragments enhanced by the expertise of our archaeologists and restorers.
In the photo collection, you can see the partial reconstruction of a buccaro-like ceramic vase that has allowed the recovery of a Sabinian inscription similar to the so-called flask of Poggio Sommavilla (second half of 6th century BC, nowadays showcased in Boston) coming from the necropolis of Colle del Giglio.
Text freely translated from the volume by Ileana Tozzi The Diocese of Sabina – Civil and ecclesiastical history (Associazione Amici del Gonfalone, 2015). Tozzi is the Director of the Museum of Ecclesiastical Heritage of the Diocese of Rieti.
Front cover, a picture © RobertoLucignani, from the aforementioned volume.
Photos thanks to Lorenzo Ballanti.
Archeological Civic Museum of Magliano Sabina
Via Sabina, 19
02046 Magliano Sabina – Rieti
Museum opening days and hours:
Tuesday to Friday 9:30AM – 12:30PM and by appointment from 2:00PM to 4:00PM.
Saturday: 09:30AM – 12:30PM |