“The voice of the voice and the wolf. Ancient stories from the land of Lecce”. The Archaeological Department of Mustens opens on Saturday, June 25th

LECCE – Saturday, June 25that 11 o’clockthe archeological department of MUST – Historical Museum of the City of Lecce is inaugurated with the exhibition “Steregegen and the wolf. Old stories from the land of Lecce “born as a place to tell the historical-archaeological events that particularly pertain to the capital.

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The exhibition itinerary – funded by PON FESR Puglia funds – winds through three basic periods of Lecce’s history: the Messapian era, the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages, characterized by three different colors that accompany the visitor throughout the visit. The introduction to the itinerary is given by the history of the archaeological research in Lecce with the Lecce Underground Project, a collaboration between the municipality of Lecce, the University of Salento and the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Brindisi and Lecce; it then continues with the museum realization of a messianic burial from the fourth century BC. found with its equipment during the preventive archaeological investigations in the monastery of the Carmine Monastery.

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Of particular beauty are the materials from the Palazzo Vernazza attributed to the cult of Isis, where it is assumed the presence of a temple dedicated to the goddess.

Before reaching the medieval sector, you can admire the scale reproductions, one next to the other, of how the two amphitheaters were at the time of their construction, that of Lupiae from the Augustan period and that of Rudiae from The Trajan period, and examples of statues from the symbolic sites of the Roman cities, Lupiae (Amphitheater and Theater) and Rudiae (Amphitheater), including remains of statues, such as the capite toga found in Rudiae during the excavations to bring the amphitheater to light, in 2015.

The first spaces, intended for the Middle Ages, evoke through the materials and the didactic exhibition supports a Lecce under the control of the Byzantine Empire and the city’s subsequent role as the seat of the county in the Norman era. The rooms are dedicated to the motley and multiethnic society between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, where the materials outlining their central role during Taranto’s reign are on display. The museum’s itinerary ends with the materials found in the castle, a Norman foundation building, completely renovated under Emperor Charles V.

The cultural strategy that characterized the exhibition was based on the latest innovations in the aspect of restoring the archaeological data that made them available to anyone, above all thanks to the quality of the images, to the graphic reconstructions of the INK LINK studio, to the reconstructive dioramas of buildings, Roman times perfectly accessible even to the little ones. Of great exhibition effect is the restoration of the “workshop” of a 14th-century potter.

“The Must is the born citizen museum – declares the mayor Carlo Salveminito tell the story of the city of Lecce through art from its origins to the present day. The part of the museum that collects the oldest evidence from the Messapian, Roman and medieval times was the last one left to be open to the public. We do this on Saturday with the exhibition “Il leccio e la lupa”, where we visit for the first time together the premises that house the finds, including many unpublished works. A path that will help us tie the threads of our oldest history again and discover curiosities about the usage and customs of these eras. With this step we complete Must’s cultural project, I thank Superintendence for the cooperation in the phases of authorization for concession of materials and subsequent preparation, University of Salento, which supervised the scientific direction of the exhibition with Professors Francesco D ‘Andria and Paul Arthur, and all of them , which helped to achieve this important goal for the museum.

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