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Antiquarium Museum

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The Antiquarium Museum keeps some of the Piceni ancient finds, among which the famous Queen wagon.

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hosted in a building owned by the local municipal administration, the Antiquarium of Numana was established and opened to the public in 1974 for the purpose of exposing the exceptional finds discovered in the course of the fortunate excavation campaign conducted between the end of the sixties and the beginning of the next decade. On that occasion were placed in light over five hundred burials picene belonging to the necropolis of the Quagliotti-Davanzali area of Sirolo.

As a result of these discoveries, Numana is confirmed to be the most important center of the Piceno in protohistory. Even the recent discoveries made in its necropolis confirm the important role that this natural harbor, placed on the slopes south-eastern parts of the Conero, has done over the centuries VI, V and IV century B.C. to the detriment of the neighboring Ancona. Of the three areas of necropolis (area Quagliotti- window sills of Sirolo; area cemetery-Montalbano Numana; area de "I Pini" of Sirolo) relating to the ancient Numana located between Numana and Sirolo, currently only the necropolis dei Pini is musealizzata.

This is the only archaeological area of the marches in which it is possible to visit a sector of a Piceno necropolis adequately illustrated by didactic panels arranged along the path of the visit. Recently archaeologists have brought to light a new important archaeological find, i.e. the tomb of princess picena Sirolo of the end of the VI century a.C.. In particular the discovery has covered two chariots of different types (a biga and a horse-drawn carriage). For a funeral rite typical of community picena Numana, the two carriages, as in other cases found in central Italy Adriatica, were dismantled and suitably arranged in the pit of the tomb. Inside the Antiquarium, in a suitable support which returns the situation of the excavation were placed the metal elements recovered and restored the two carriages, keeping unchanged the ratios and the size of arrangement. T

ogether with the wagons have been given prominent position to another important and rare relic: a kline decorated in ivory and amber. The presence of this precious product constitutes a further confirmation of the extraordinary importance of this royal burial. In addition to the findings relating to the service simposiaco (craters and cups penthouses with black figures, an oinochoe, colander, spider bronze) and to the instrumentum domesticum (andirons and spits of iron, dolii in terracotta) there are materials and articles of personal adornment relative to the funerary dress (fibulae of shapes and different types, pendants-bibs and sandals).

The many archaeological findings and kept at the Antiquarium, together with an important context tomb dating back to the last decades of the VI century B.C., tempered at Sirolo-Numana at the end of the last century and preserved in the museum of Florence, allow to make some interesting considerations on trade, on relations and trade that the port of Numana conversed with Greece and other ports in the northern Adriatic, especially with plug.

The prosperity and welfare certificates from the rich tombs discovered in its necropolis, are a reflection of the non-secondary function that the center piceno has done. Murals of materials from Numana and then finished in museums and collections from both Italian and foreign (craters attics and cyma of Etruscan candlestick in the Metropolitan Museum of New York, a breastplate of Paris and loop of Hydria of Munich) confirm the importance of Numana in protohistory.

Source: museionline.it

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