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Archeological Museum of Utica

It is basically an archaeological garden where stand other buildings housing the reception and deposits.
The Utica Museum is composed of two adjoining rooms. We start the visit by the right room containing the collections Punic and opens on a room containing collections of Roman times.

The room Punic
In this room are gathered objects from funerary mostly found in the tombs of the Punic necropolis.
The large windows
They show several types of vessels, covering a broad period from the seventh s.av.J.-C. Besides the type vases Punic, the oldest of which carry a red slip, one notices the presence of vases imported from Greece or Southern Italy. On a lekythos Attic "black figures", we see represented Achilles leaving for war. Another cut Attic "black figures" show tanks flanked by panthers. In the large window on the left are shown three graves furniture that combine sometimes some statuettes in terracotta or metal objects (spatula wrapped in a cloth).

Early Wall display
In a wall case which faces gathered at the entrance to a funerary objects: terracotta, hatchets razors ...
The three windows on pedestals are aligned in the middle of the room. In the first case are exposed jewelry that accompanied the dead in their graves, of these beetles are distinguished jewelery, rings and necklaces.
The second window shows the history of the Punic lamp changing of the open form (in shell) the oldest, the folded form, the most recent. Other lamps enclosed tank and tubular spout were imported from Greece or southern Italy, some of them are manufactured locally. In the third window are grouped objects in ivory or bone and two fragments of ostrich eggshells.
Exhibits on pedestals
This is of grave markers and cremation caskets. These objects come from the third Punic cemeteries and second s.av.J.-C.
Amphorae exposed on tripods:
These are commercial Punic amphorae. Presented in chronological order, they evoke a perceptible change through the progressive thinning of the rumen.
The Roman room:
In this room are gathered artifacts from public buildings, housing and Roman necropolis. On the walls are exposed five panels of a mosaic depicting hunting scenes and epigraphic documents.
Several sculptures discovered at Utica, are currently kept in the museums of Leiden, the Louvre and the Bardo. The small collection of statues exhibited in the Roman room, however, is of great interest (a marble statue of the god Aesculapius, the Satyr another musician, a marble statue of a child dressed in his toga, a sculpture that decorated a fountain representing Ariadne asleep and a beautiful stone statue depicting Hercules with its attributes).

Windows on the bases of Roman room
In one of the two windows of the hall stands on Roman gathered ceramic objects, dating from the time Republican and early Imperial times (Dish with black varnish-like late unguntaria, Bowl "thin-walled ".... The objects exhibited in this case illustrate a prosperous period in the history of Utica who rose to the rank of capital of Roman Africa.
In the other case are set out several terra-cotta Roman tombs of the city. These terra-cotta stands a beautiful "unicornis Unicorn" (one-horn) overlapped by a character poorly preserved.

The archaeological garden of the museum at the entrance to this garden, you can see the remains of small Roman baths, covered by a low period necropolis. The bottom of a large modern pool water jet is occupied by a beautiful mosaic marine theme, depicting fishing boats, the ocean god's head and a large marine fauna. On large panels are made of mosaics.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2012 13:18