Dallo “Speciale su Torricella Peligna” realizzato nel 1994 da:
To Host Archaeological Findings and the Mummy
The… Desire for a Museum for Torricella
Many archaeological discoveries have been made in the zone around Torricella. At the National Museum in Chieti, a helmet, called “The Torricellan Helmet” is one of its “star attractions” and it is often sent to be exhibited elsewhere, outside of Italy too.
A lot of other material is currently preserved in the village. There are pieces of pottery, weapons, fancy goods, all found either in Juvanum or in the countryside around Torricella. They have been collected with loving care by the Parish Priest, Don Ignazio Cocco, who has undertaken to clean them, catalogue them and photograph them. He has also had to protect his small treasure from the Superintendent of Antiquities who would have liked to remove it all. To do what with it?Probably just to put it all into storage and abandon it there. Don Ignazio, supported by the Mayor and all the citizens, said no, the findings shall not leave Torricella. He was such a hard, strongman that in the end the Torricellans won. The findings will stay in the village provided that the Town Hall will provide a place in which they can be displayed to the public. This undertaking has been agreed upon and soon will become a reality. There will be space of about two hundred square feet in which all the zone’s findings will be on display - and there will also be asylum for the Mummy which was found during restoration works at the Church of San Giacomo. A perfectly preserved mummified body was discovered together with some skeletons when they were digging beneath the floor. At the moment this Mummy can be found in a room set aside for it by the Town Hall under supervision of the Superintendent but its definitive place will be in the small Museum that will be set up.
A fascinating by-product of my searching the internet for details about the Museum at Torricella Peligna, in an attempt to find out more about it – was that I came across this:-
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 This article, above, was written in 1994. For more about the Mummy see preceding articles in Amici di Torricella –
Also see a recent scientific article describing the mummy : The Mummy From Torricella Peligna
The town preserves, in the territorial Museo (Museum ) recently opened, an interesting collection of archaeological objects found in the zone of JUVANUM. In the museum, in a glass case* and climatized, is a mummy of the eighteenth century, found under the parish church during restoration work.
* in a “vacuum reliquary”
“Special on Torricella Peligna” created in 1994 by: