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National Archaeological Museum of Umbria: photo description (Museo Archeologico Nazionale Dell'umbria)

National Archaeological Museum of Umbria is located in Perugia in the building of the former Dominican convent of San Domenico. In 1790 a local aristocrat Francesco Filippo Friggeri gave the town its collection of rare things and started the Museum. Later the collection of the Museum has been repeatedly extended: in 1921, he acquired a prehistoric and paleontological collection Bellucci, and in 1948, there were exhibits finds from archaeological excavations in the town of Cetona, not far from Siena.

Today in the Museum you can see a variety of Paleolithic and Neolithic relics have been found mainly in Umbria and dated the bronze and iron ages. They belonged to the first inhabitants of the Apennine Peninsula, which appeared here in 16-12 centuries BC

The Etruscan collection has a special meaning. It dates from the so-called period Villanova (9-8 century BC). Here you can see the richly decorated artifacts from the graves of the Hellenistic period: urns, sarcophagi, vases, objects of gold and bronze weapons.

The real gem of the Museum is the so-called "Cippo di Perugia 3-2 centuries BC - the longest ever discovered inscriptions of the Etruscans. It is a landmark with the announcement between families Veltina and Afuna on the delimitation of land ownership.

In addition, in the Archaeological Museum you can see a collection of items brought from Africa, as well as ethnic exhibits Perugia naturalist and Explorer Orazio Antinori.

In the former convent of San Domenico is also the State Archive, which houses a library owned by the monks-the Dominicans. It consists of manuscripts, some of which are illustrated, dated 991 - 1851 years, and various Church documents.