To say that the Archaeological Museum at Granada is a bit of a let down is an understatement. For a museum in a provincial capital city, it is a disgrace. It has not changed much in twelve years, despite a much vaunted renovation, except to reduce the number of exhibition rooms to three from a previous seven (November 2019). Having said that, the three exhibition rooms are well lit, the exhibits are labelled in Spanish and English, and the display cases are nicely made. It’s just a pity that there are so few of them.
The museum is housed in the Casa de Castril, a mansion dating from the 16th century. Inaugurated in 1897, it is one of the oldest museums in Spain. The exhibits are in three rooms on the ground floor.
Hall 1 looks at the prehistory of the area. Highlights in this room are the gold collar dated to about 4500 BC found in a cave at Albunol and an anthropomorphic idol from Cullar dated to about 3000 BC.
Hall 2 deals with the period after 1000 BC when traders and explorers from the eastern Mediterranean arrived in the area. A Greek armoured chest piece, made in bronze, and an alabaster vase from Egypt, both from Almunecar, are representative pieces.
Hall 3 concentrates on the Roman period to the Moors. A bronze statue of Emperor Claudius II (Gothicus), is worth seeing. There is however no mention of where it originated although it is thought it was made locally. A bronze saucer lamp, precursor of the chandelier, dated to the 8th or 9th century AD, is a beautiful example of intricate bronze work from the Moorish period.
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Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.
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