Samnite Museum of Campobasso
The collection, organized in 1889 by the archaeologist
, is housed in the historic
, in the old town of Campobasso.
Plundered by German troops in 1943, still retains an interesting series of finds from various areas of Molise during its long history, ranging from prehistory to Roman times, until
the middle ages, but particularly during the period between the ninth century BC the second century AD.
The exhibition is divided into four thematic areas, according to the functions of the artefacts, which well illustrate the Samnite civilization: "People," "House," "Activities," "Cults".
There are bronze weapons and belts, including a sword of the First Age of Iron (VIII century BC), jewelry and objects for body care, votive statuettes, in bronze and stone, and homemade
items: plates, vases for table, kitchen and pantry, archaic ceramics, Samnite and Roman.
Of particular interest is a limestone statue, of Italic period, depicting a knight, and the small bronze of
Hercules from Trivento
(III century BC), then a rich collection of Roman oil lamps, including one in anthropomorphic figure of
Amazon on horseback
A room of the museum houses an exhibition on the recent excavation of the
Necropolis of Campochiaro
, dating back to Lombard period: the tomb of a knight with a horse is reconstructed by showing some of the most important objects found there.