NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM “G. ANDREASSI ”AND THE EGNAZIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM “G. ANDREASSI ”AND THE EGNAZIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

The Museum, named in honour of Giuseppe Andreassi, museum director, supervisor of the archaeological site from 1976 to 1985 and Chief Apulian Archaeologist from 1990 to 2009, stands outside the town walls of ancient Gnathia (present-day Egnazia), in the area of the Messapian necropolis.
The exhibition encompasses thirty centuries of history of the important settlement, from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.

The city, mentioned by classic authors for its privileged geographic location, was a strategic commercial port connecting East and West.
The first settlement dates back to the 16th century BC and survived until the Iron Age, when the entire region of Apulia was inhabited by the Iapygians. Around the end of the 6th century BC, Egnazia was a Messapian settlement, corresponding to the present-day provinces of Brindisi and Lecce. Starting from the 3rd century BC, with the Roman presence in the region, the city underwent a transformation and in the 1st century BC it acquired municipal status, growing in importance thanks to its port and the Via Traiana (Trajan Way). From the 6th century AD, the lower settlement became increasingly abandoned, as its inhabitants moved to the Acropolis until the 13th century.

The exhibition, divided into seven sections, tells the events that marked archaeological research in Egnazia and the historic development of the site from the 16th century BC to the 13th century AD, when the area was abandoned.
Artefacts and visuals illustrate the characteristics of the first hut settlement in the Bronze Age, the influence of the Iapygian and Messapian cultures, the Roman era and the Early Christian period, when the city became a bishopric. The last section comprises evidence of Longobard presence and the last traces of human activity in the area. The relics were found during excavations in the settlement and in the burial sites of Egnazia and the surrounding area.

 

Opening days

From Monday to Sunday

Opening times

Museum
8:30-19:30 (last admission 18:30)

Archaeological Park
8:30-13:30 (last admission 12:30)

Closing

25th December

Feature List

  • Wheelchair accessible

Accessibility

Accessibile site

 

 WHERE

Via delle Carceri, 87 - Savelletri-Fasano (Br)

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