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Sepino - The site Museum

Museo dell'area archeologica di Sepino - Teatro - Foto aerea

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Sepino - The site Museum

Località Altilia - teatro romano
Campobasso (CB)

Orario di apertura:

Estivo
Mattina:
9:30-15:30
Pomeriggio: 16:00-18:30
Invernale:
Mattina:
8:00-14:00
Pomeriggio:
14:30-17:00
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The museum of the archaeological site of Sepino is housed within the rural buildings that were constructed from the 1700s onwards on top of the Roman remains. The complex has been completely restored.


The museum visit: Sepino through the ages

Stone working: the Paleolithic

The numerous stone tools presented in this section illustrate the Paleolithic era in the middle Tammaro valley, from San Giuliano del Sannio and Cercemaggiore to the mountain of Sepino and Santa Croce del Sannio to the north.

From symposium to banquet: pottery and its use

In the home pottery was used for storing dry foodstuffs, for cooking and at table. In sanctuaries miniature vessels were used to hold offerings (such as seeds) to the gods, while during sacred banquets food was served in paterae (dishes) and cups, wine was poured from jugs and drunk from skyphoi.

Fistula aquaria Everyday life: from crafts to games and pastimes

Lead piping (aquariae fistulae), tiles with stamps indicating the workshops in which they were produced, as well as the locks and keys for wooden doors, were found during the excavation of the domus at Altilia. The antefixes of Augustan date, found in the forum, and several fragments of polychrome stucco from a building near the Porta Boiano, are examples of architectural decoration. Other finds include a mason’s or land surveyor’s bronze compass, loom weights for weaving and materials associated with the production of fine glassware for use at table such as bottles, jars and cups. Lastly, glass-paste and stone gaming counters, a ball, a dice, a fragment of a flute and a doll made of bone are evidence of pastimes and games.

Fibula di bronzo Cremation and inhumation: burial rites

The two monumental tombs of C. Ennius Marsus and the gens Numisia (1st century A.D.) are symbolic of the Roman necropolis at Saepinum. These structures were surrounded by a series of graves and cremation burials, the latter containing many glass vessels. A number of medieval burials were discovered in the forum and the theatre. The grave goods included a bronze cross-shaped fibula or brooch, an iron horse bit and a bronze annular brooch decorated with a pair of facing, four-legged animals and inscribed with a Germanic female name: Aoderada biva (in deo).