Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya

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The time frame for this archaeology collection starts with the Palaeolithic period, and there are relics of Greek, Punic, Roman and Visigothic colonisers, up to the early Middle Ages. A massive Roman sarcophagus is carved with scenes of the rape of Persephone, and an immense statue of Aesculapius, the god of medicine, towers over one room. A few galleries are dedicated to the Mallorcan Talayotic cave culture, and there is an exemplary display on the Iberians – the pre-Hellenic, pre-Roman inhabitants of south-eastern Spain. An Iberian skull with a nail driven through it effectively demonstrates a typical method of execution from that time. The display ends with the marvellous, jewel-studded headpiece of a Visigoth king. One of the best-loved pieces, inevitably, is an alarmingly erect Priapus, found during building work in Sants in 1848 and kept under wraps 'for moral reasons' until 1986.

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Venue name: Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya
Contact:
Address: Pg. Santa Madrona, 39-41
Eixample
Barcelona
08038
Opening hours: 9.30am-7pm Tue-Sat; 10am-2.30pm Sun
Transport: Espanya (M: L1,L3 and FGC)
Price: €3; €2.10 reductions; free under-16s
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