The Civic Archeological Museum in Marciana
is in the Palazzo del Pretorio
(built in the seventeenth century) and is home to many fascinating archeological artifacts found on Elba Island
. It includes a prehistoric section, an Etruscan section, an area dedicated to the documentation of the local use of granite and a section about the shipwrecks in the Procchio bay. Many of the archeological artifacts come from the sites of various ancient settlements in Monte Giove
, Madonna del Monte
and the Etruscan fort at Monte Castello di Procchio
Four bronze axes were found in the Gneccarina Valley of Chiesi and some objects (including a gorgeous ivory container for perfume) dating to the end of the 2nd century, were found inside the wreck of Procchio, a Roman-era ship sunk right on the island.