The "Giuseppe Andreassi" National Archaeological Museum is located outside the city walls of ancient Gnathia, in a vast Messapian necropolis.
The museum is near the modern town of Egnazia, a suburb of Fasano. The structure was renovated and inaugurated on July 25, 2013. Its ten rooms house artefacts from the nearby archaeological excavations, some of the region's most important ones.
The extensive exhibition leads visitors on a journey through the 3000-year history of this important Bronze Age settlement, which was subsequently inhabited by the Messapians, and later became a Roman city, and then, in the early Middle Ages, an episcopal see.
The museum is named after Giuseppe Andreassi, its director until 1985, and hosts an office of the Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage of Puglia. This is the body that oversees the vast excavation area, the restoration laboratory, the technical office, the cataloguing office, the library, and the educational services.
The collections are divided into three permanent exhibitions. The first is dedicated to the Bronze Age settlements on Puglia’s Adriatic coast; the second features floor mosaics from noble homes in Roman Taranto; and the third recounts the long history of Egnazia.
The museum’s rich patrimony includes a vast collection of pottery. Highlights include a Roman marble head depicting the god Attis, a sacrificial altar honouring Oriental divinities, and a mosaic of the Three Graces.
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