Poggio Civitate Antiquarium
The Antiquarium of Poggio Civitate (Archaeological Museum of Murlo) is set up inside the ancient episcopal palace; It is located in the center of the small village, a medieval castle that dominates the stream, tributary of the ombrone.
The Archaeological Museum of Murlo welcomes unique testimonies of Etruscan civilization from the surrounding area: in addition to the orientalized kits of the Necropolis of Poggio Aguzzo (7th century BC), the findings from the town, in particular from the rich princely palace that is The heart, identified on the Colle di Poggio Civitate. The settlement, among the most important in Etruria, was born and prosperous on road directions that connected the Etruscan coastal cities with those of the hinterland.
The archaeological investigations in Poggio Civitate, still in progress, were launched by an American mission in the 1960s with the encouragement and support of White Ranuccio Bandinelli. The excavation of the building, characterized by two distinct constructive phases dating back to the orientalizing age (7th century A.C.) and to Ark (there. A.C.), has established a fundamental stage in the knowledge of Etruscan residential architecture. In particular, the discovery of the terracotta elements of coating and decoration of the roofs (acroteri, plates, drips, antefisses) has returned precious information on the technique and ideology of the power of the time.