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The Museums

The Palace of the Governors in Bastia [ Ph. L Acquaviva]

The Guardians of Art and History

Many archaelogical museums attest the presence of these civilizations which havepopulated Corsica. From Filitosa to the Dame of Bonifacio the marks of history are numerous.

Art, more recent, is also present through the prestigious collections of italian primitives of the Fesch Museum of Ajaccio, the richest one after the Art gallery of the Louvre one, in Paris.

Finally Art expresses today its vigor through many expositions throughout the year.
Many initiatives like the one of the Regional Fund of contemporary Art of Corte surround and stimulate this permanent creative richness.

The Archaeological Museums

  • LICNICOI Archaeological Museum [ Albertacce ]
  • The Jérome Carcopino Museum [ Aléria ]
    Museum of site, theMatra Fort shows in eleven rooms materials collected in Aleria from the 5th century B.C.to the 5th century A.D.

    The first two rooms concern the roman town; next to objects reminding of the everyday life ( net rings, amphoras, weavers' small scales) a few vestiges (lamps marked with a monogram of the Christ) appear, attesting the far christian past of the isle for Aleria was the first island cathedral town created in the second half the 4th century.

    The other nine rooms are consecrated to the pre-roman necropolis of Casabianda.

    Craters, cups, attic and "campamen" "lecythes", "oenoches" and etruscan "stamnos" (greek vase to preserve wine) illustrate the richness of the international city of the pre-roman Alalia.

    In order to preserve the homogeneity of the furniture which has been discovered, most of the showcases present the whole archaeological materials collected in each sepulture. More than 5000 objects are shown in this way. This number has doubled in 1992 with the opening of the rooms of the second floor.

    Jean-Claude Ottaviani Curator
  • The Museum of Corsican Ethnography [ Bastia ]
  • The Museum of Archaeology [ Levie ]
    The archaeological collections have mainly their origins in the excavations of the sites of the plateau of the Pianu of Levie (Caleca, Capula, Cucuruzzu, Curacchiaghiu, Nuciaresa, Santa Catalina...). The museum present varied documents which are relative to the ways of life and to the techniques adopted by men from the Preneolithic (7th millenium before our era) until the Middle Ages 15th century A.D).

    Preneolithic (7th millenium)
    We can notice the presence of the only human vestige of that time exposed in Corsica (6570 B.C) and also of the skeleton of an animal species which has today disappeared (the Prolagus Sardus Wagner).

    Neolithic (6th - 3rd millenium)
    All the innovations of the Neolithic are well represented: invention of the pottery, the use of new lithic tools, domestication of vegetal and animal species. The punched pottery (the "curasien"), the "cardiale" pottery, the pottery with incised and plastic decoration are always presented in association with lithic documents used by men. The story of the first breeding is entirely restored with the help of unique collections (whole skeletons of animal species which were domesticated from the 6th millenium).

    Chalcofithic (2700 /2500 B.C)
    The discovery of a new metal (copper) with the presentation of new tools (flat axes) marks the end of the Neolithic.

    The Bronze Age (1800 to 700 B.C)
    The use of a new crockery (jars or pots of a big volume and with flat bottoms) indicates that man needs containers destined to the stocking of the footstuffs and thus better adapted to this new lifestyle. The presentation of the new type of housing (the castellu) refers to the two archaeological sites opined to visits (Capula and Cucuruzzu).

    Iron Age (700 to 50 B.C)
    This period is evoked with the help of a pottery with varied forms (dish, bowl, cup,
    pot with lid, jars, etc), of various jewels illustrating all the artistic movements of this time ( "fibules", bangles, rings, chains, pearl necklaces). A female skeleton exhumed in Capula reveals the funeral rites of the time.

    The Middle Age The crockery is original ( small jug from Pisa of the 14th century and painted ceramic) and a few coins attest the occupation by Pisa, then by Genoa of the isle.

  • The Museum of the Corsican Prehistory [ Sartène ]

The Museums of a more Recent or Current Past

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