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Pietra Ollare Archeological Museum

Italia, Regione Piemonte, provincia del Verbano Cusio Ossola, Malesco

Positioning

Palazzo Pretorio, P.zza Romagnoli, 28854 Malesco

COORDINATES
(CH 1903) E   682198 N   108863 H  
(WGS 84) Long.   8.502 Lat.   46.126
GENERAL EVALUATION
DIFFICULTY
INTERESSE CONTESTUALE Ethnographical, Didactic, Archaeological, Historical
Architectural
ARCHAEOSITE   area for public use

DESCRIPTION

Visitors can follow an archaeological itinerary at The Pietra Ollare (Soapstone) Museum of Malesco, which houses a collection of ethnographic objects and items from the Val Vigezzo necropolises, illustrating methods, techniques, ancient and traditional artefacts involving soapstone and other materials.

INSIGHT

The Pietra Ollare Archaeological Museum of Malesco, established in 2006, is housed in an historic building which was formerly the Magistrates’ Court. The first rooms illustrate the geological features of soapstone, and the techniques used to process it in both ancient and modern times. The main room is dedicated to the archaeology of Val Vigezzo and contains exhibits of prehistoric artefacts, the most striking of which are perhaps the Bronze Age axe from Folsogno di Re and a soapstone casting mould from Toceno, where some equipment from the Second Iron Age was also found. The itinerary continues with an extensive collection of Roman objects from Craveggia, made from soapstone, pottery, glass, silver, iron and other materials, suggesting the existence of a prosperous valley economy in ancient times. The Museum is housed in the former Vigezzo Magistrates’ Court, in a Palace dating back to around the fifteenth century, some original features of which are still visible in the great hall: wonderful fragments of wall decorations related to the various alterations made to the building following its purchase by private parties.

scala temporale periodi geologici

HOW TO REACH THE SITE

Strada Statele 33, exit at Val Vigezzo and continue to the town of Malesco. From there, follow the directions for the Museum and Parco Val Grande.

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR THE VISIT

TO LEARN MORE

SPAGNOLO GARZOLI G. (2006) a cura di, “Guida breve del Museo archeologico della pietra ollare del Parco Nazionale della Val Grande”, Malesco

www.malesco.net

http://www.parcovalgrande.it/it/museo.malesco.html

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Programma di cooperazione transfrontaliera Italia - Svizzera 2007 - 2013 Progetto cofinanziato dal Fondo Europeo Sviluppo Regionale (FESR)
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