• The National Archaeological Museum of Cerveteri

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The National museum of Cerveteri

With an original core dating back to the twelfth century, the evocative mediaeval castle of Cerveteri was once the domain of the princes of Ruspoli. The collections constitute a clear chronological sequence of documentation covering the various cultural phases through which Cerveteri and the surrounding area passed in the course of their early history, from the ninth century BC to the advent of the Romans. The museum’s more particularly interesting artefacts include several groups of grave goods from tombs dating from the seventh to the fourth centuries BC, featuring a wealth of objects imported from various areas of the greek world and the near east, as well as items produced locally, including goblets from Rhodes, perfume phials made in Corinth, amulets in the egyptian manner, large ollas decorated with gryphon heads inspired by the Orient, vases with lively illustrations of greek mythology, wooden objects and various statues of lions and sphinxes carved in tufa, as well as the celebrated statue of the Etruscan demon tuchulcha.

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