Etruscan Phase

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Etruscan Phase – Archaeological Civic Museum “Pietro and Turiddo Lotti” of Ischia di Castro

section dedicated to the Etruscan presence in Ischia di Castro, divided into several rooms, shows numerous finds from the grave goods and funerary monuments of the necropolis in the area.

Second Hall

Showcase with Etruscan-era grave goods – Museo Civico Archeologico “Pietro and Turiddo Lotti” of Ischia di Castro

On display in the Second Room are pottery, table and banquet vessels, perfume holders, jars for storing foodstuffs, jewelry and personal objects, along with vases of Greek import: the finds, arranged by chronology and in a way that makes their place of origin clear, give the visitor an idea of the Etruscan frequentation of the territory of Ischia di Castro.

Among the main finds:

  • Grave goods with pottery, bucchero and bronze vessels;
  • Bronze handles;
  • Perfume holders of Etruscan-Corinthian style and configured in the shape of a bird;
  • Etruscan-Corinthian saucers and olpai (jugs);
  • Attic black-figure amphorae.

Fourth Hall – Upper Floor

The Fourth Hall, on the upper floor of the “Pietro and Turiddo Lotti” Archaeological Museum, displays the monumental sculptures that decorated the “House Tomb” of Castro: two heads, one of a lion and one of a ram, along with a full-length statue depicting a lion.

On display in the same room is the wooden coffin, with its trousseau, that gave its name to the “Wooden Bed Tombs.”

A multimedia support illustrates the history and characteristics of the “Biga di Castro,” an Etruscan parade chariot from the 6th century B.C. found in the territory of Ischia di Castro and currently on display at the Rocca Albornoz – National Etruscan Museum in Viterbo.

Fifth Hall

Sculpture from the Tomb of the Bronzes – Museo Civico Archeologico “Pietro and Turiddo Lotti” in Ischia di Castro

The Corridor on the upper floor is the fifth stage of the Museum, intended to house the various types of Castrensian-type ceramics, such as impasto, tin plate-decorated spicule and swastika ceramics, buccheri, black paint and Etruscan-Corinthian style ceramics.

Also found here are some rosy nenfro statues from the Tomb of the Bronzes, belonging to a wealthy aristocratic family, with sphinxes, winged lions, pegasus, a ram.