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The Museum of
the Prehistory

The Museum [Ph.Acquaviva ]

The Museum

With almost 20 000 visitors a year, the Museum of Sartene is the second archaeological museum in Corsica, after Aleria.
Set up in the centre of the town, in the heart of the richest region in megalithic monuments of Corsica, the present museum has for main objective to permanently present to the public the prehistoric collections which illustrate the daily life of the island civilizations before the roman conquest.

A Visit ...

The great periods of the island prehistory appear on a synoptic table, then are materialized in six rooms, by the most characteristic objects in the chronologic order :

Ancient mediterranean Neolithic (6000-4000 B.C.)
Piece of pottery decorated with shell or with awl, sometimes painted with ochre, crude equipment cut into the local hard stone, in the flint or obsidian.

Recent Neolithic (350O - 3000 B.C)
Very beautiful stone working, which is cut (range of tools and points of arrows), or above all polished (axes, containers, various ornaments), stacks and grinders (agriculture), "fusaioles" for the spinning of wool (breeding), fine and glossy ceramic.

Megalithism (3000 - 1500 B.C)
Furniture collected in the sepultures in chest or in dolmen, cups, ornaments, small daggers, jewels of gold and silver.

Island Chalcolithic (Brass Age) (2600 - 2000 B.C)
Lithic industry and first metallurgy. Points of arrows in flint, obsidian and above all rhyolite, polished axes. Crusibles, ceramics with perforations in line and under the border, potteries with fine paste and beautiful shaped form, bowls with oblique surfaces with decorations in chevrons.

Culture of the taffoni-hypogées (2400 - 180 B.C)
Human bones which have been subjected to the fire's action, set down under rocks hollowed by the erosion and associated to large dishes on stems with fenestration. segments of flint, pearls and rings in serpentine.

Bronze Age (1800 - 800 B.C)
Characteristic furniture of a new culture, discovered in circular monuments which were corbelled vaulted, the torte or in the huts near from these monuments. Abundant pottery, which is coarse and a little decorated, fragments of arms in bronze, crusibles and refractory moulds (metallurgy), "fusaioles" and rare ornament Importation of Italic ceramic.

Iron Age (700 B.C - 100 A.D)
Combed or incised pottery, ceramic in asbestos, arms and tools of iron, objects and jewels of bronze, ornaments of molten glass. Reconstruction of a sepulture in incineration.

Paul Nebbia Curator

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