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The archeelogical museum of Lentini

The archaeological museum of Lentini is situated in Piazza Liceo.

The museum is divided into several sections, which collect the material found in archaeological excavations in the city and its surroundings, especially in the area of Metapiccola to the south, where once stood the oldest gate of the city.

Room 1 presents the characteristics of the territory;

Room 2 contains different objects, works in ceramics and bronzes dating back to the Bronze Age (eg a polymorphic vase of the Late Bronze Age) and some fragments of Neolithic pottery dating back to the V-IV millennium BC;

In the following halls there are the findings of the Greek city and of necropolis;

Room 7 has some finds of Roman , Byzantine and medieval Ages; in particular, stand out for their value, an amphora with painted decoration (VIII - seventh century BC), some tombs (IV-I century BC), a beautiful fresco of a Madonna from the rock church of the Crucified.

In addition there is a great deal of pottery ranging from the fourth to thirteenth century AD and other artefacts dating from the sixth century BC (a Milesian protome, Attic black glazed earthenware (fragment of a black-figure cup with chariot, found during excavations in “Metapiccola”), “skypoi”, amphorae and craters).

Note: also discovered in Lentini were a “headless kouros” now in the Museum of Syracuse and the famous Head Biscari now in the Museum of Catania, dating from the early fifth century, with clear Doric and Ionic evidence .

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