National Archaeological Museum of Fratta Polesine
The National Archaeological Museum of Fratta Polesine is an archaeological museum that brings together collections and researches from the Polesine area, in particular from the late Bronze Age period. Inaugurated in 2009, the museum is located inside the northern barchessa of the Palladian complex of Villa Badoer and is the result of more than forty years of research relating to the territory. The materials on display can be traced back to the villages that populated the ancient river Po between the 12th and 10th centuries BC. The main nucleus of artefacts takes us back to the village of Frattesina and to the two related necropolises found in the locality of Narde and Fondo Zanotto. The itinerary offers an overview of the life and activities that the inhabitants of Frattesina carried out during the late Bronze Age. Descriptions of the main subsistence activities such as agriculture, hunting, fishing and activities related to the preparation and cooking of food, spinning, weaving, play and cultic elements emerge. The processing of bronze, lead and gold, clay, glass (unmatched in the European panorama), animal bone and deer horn are also attested. In addition, raw materials of exotic origin (such as ostrich eggs, ivory and amber) were imported and then transformed into valuable objects and placed on the market. Within the collection, the so-called Tesoretto assumes particular importance, an ancient bronze vessel that contained various ivory combs, glass and amber beads and bronze ornaments. The viewer will also be able to observe a reconstruction of a funerary context, consisting of a tumulus and two burials from the necropolis. The installation is accompanied by a computer graphic video that represents the main moments of the funeral rite in Frattesina.