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Archaeology Museum


The Town Museum or Museo Civico of Sesto Calende presents a complete retrospective of the different civilizations which have settled in the area over the centuries. Some of the most interesting finds are those dating back to prehistoric communities. The Museum also has a natural history section and a major collection of shell fossils from the Pliocene Epoch in Cheglio, which testifies to the existence of a thriving fauna of marine invertebrates. The archaeological section has a collection of finds from the Golasecca culture which developed throughout the first Iron Age between the 9th and 5th centuries B.C. in the areas around the Sesia and which acted as a trade intermediary with the Etruscans and Celtic tribes thanks to the strategic central position along trade routes of the time. The two settlements unearthed in Cascina Testa and Briccola yielded a number of cromlechs, funerary structures made of pebblestones typical to the area, various grave goods from the necropolis of Carera, dating back to around the 8th century B.C. and a considerable amount of pottery dated mid-5th century B.C. A particularly significant find is the tomb of the tripod which dates back to 800-750 B..C. and contained a large hoard of women’s goods composed of personal ornaments and objects for personal care. The Museum also contains artifacts dating back to the Romans, Lombards and Middle Ages from the area of the Abbey of San Donato and the church of San Vincenzo.

Piazza Mazzini, 1 - Sesto Calende