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Immagine di Museo Civico Archeologico

Palazzo Illiceto - Via Varrone - Canosa di Puglia [Map]

  • From Tuesday to Sunday: 09.00-13.00 16.00-21.00
  • Tuesday and Friday: 17.00 - 20.00


The museum set up in 1934 by the notary Gaetano Maddalena was first housed in some premises of the town hall. Its present location is the 19th century palazzo Cassieri. Though a large part of its very precious finds are missing it offers a remarkable exhibition arranged inside 10 richly-decorated rooms.

In the first room is a beautiful elay statue of a praying figure, dating from   the 3rd century bc, which had the same funerary function as the famous polychromatic askoi, big vases adorned with appliques in the shape of medusa's heads, horse protomas, female figures and triumphs.

The other rooms display a collection of early christian oil-lamps found in the catacomb of Santa Sofia, three stone figured capitals, dating back to the hellenistic period (3rd century bc) featuring donations to the  dead and fighting scenes.

Daunian geometrical ceramics and locally-made vases with "listata" or gilt decorations, apulian red-figured vases, fragments of objects from the famous "tomba degli ori" (jewellery tomb), currently in Taranto. Small bronzes depicting deities, and, finally, 1st century ad roman male portraits made either of stone or of Minervino black stone, characterized by strong realism.

Finally comes a reproduction of the bronze table with the list of the decurions from Canosa, dated 223 ad, found in 1676 and now in Florence.


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