Museo di preistoria e protostoria di Manciano

Prehistory and protohistory museum, Manciano

The Fiora Valley from prehistory to the Etruscans


The museum is located in Palazzo Nardelli, near Cassero Aldobrandesco, home to the town hall. The museum was opened in 1985 with the intention of rebuilding the life of the communities in the Fiora River Valley area prior to the emergence of Etruscan civilisation, from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age.

The exhibition area covers four rooms, each of which bears a different colour. The museum begins with an educational room that presents the area and archaeological research methods. It continues with rooms whose colour serves as an aide memoire for the historical period: turquoise for the Paleolithic, red for the Neolithic, yellow for the Eneolithic and blue for the Bronze Age.

Multimedia experience is the museum’s newest feature. Every information panel is accompanied with a QR code, which allows visitors to access further details online and their translations. In addition to the QR code, each room also benefits from “augmented reality”: Lucy the archaeologist, when animated, explains to adults and children alike the situation at that time in the Fiora Valley. On entering the room visitors receive a tablet to allow them to make the most of the experience. Technology also helps visitors upon walking around a 3D reconstruction of a typical prehistoric hut.

The first room, Paleolithic, testifies to the animals and humans in that area during the early prehistoric age and displays the first tools for human survival.

In the Neolithic room you can see the smooth stone hatchets and ceramic fragment that began to be produced locally at that time and the contact with the rest of the Italic peninsula is explained. Then there’s the Copper Age room, with finds that bear witness to the Rinaldone civilisation, widespread in parts of Tuscany and Lazio between the late third and early second millennium BCE with typical vases. As far as the Bronze Age is concerned, the spotlight is cast on the intense metallurgical activity that distinguishes the valley and the surrounding area. The final room focuses on the findings of the village Scarceta (16-10th century BCE) along the Fiora river.

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