Monday, March 7, 2011

Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum in Siracusa

Sunday we drove on to the ancient Greek city of Siracusa, for a big day at the museum, the archaeological park, the medieval city, and the best Doric/Baroque temple/cathedral so far. Siracusa was settled by Greeks from Corinth in the mid-8th century BCE. And was said by some to rival Athens in its splendor. The museum's collection seemed to emphasize the everyday rather than the monumental, which was fine with us.
Entrance to the Paolo Orsi; Orsi was a regional
archaeologist responsible for many of the area's important
finds; it is a beautiful, new, capacious complex, already
getting filled up...


















The Orsi's particular strength, we thought, was in its
paleo- and neolithic collections; the Greeks were not the
first to settle here; above is a beautifully-perfect 4th
millennium BCE cup


















Other neolithic pottery of unknown use--but interesting
to speculate about
















Just a smidge of the neolithic collection















Bone totem sticks, 2nd-3rd millenium BCE















Other devices of unknown use




















And still more neolithic stuff















Gorgon image from one of the Greek temples in Siracusa;
wait a second...didn't we see this guy in a museum in
Auckland?!

















Votive City; hundreds of votive figures from the Temple of
Ceres (or was it Demeter?), all carrying bundles of grain or
even baked breads

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