The “Alca” Museum

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The "Alca" Museum complex, hosted in Sticchi Palace in via Vittorio Emmanuele, since 1999, takes the name from a penguin fossil, l’Alca impennis, whose remains were found at Romanelli cave near Castro, and are now exposed in the museum, on the ground floor of the splendid building...

The "Alca" Museum complex, hosted in Sticchi Palace in via Vittorio Emmanuele, since 1999, takes the name from a penguin fossil, l’Alca impennis, whose remains were found at Romanelli cave near Castro, and are now exposed in the museum, on the ground floor of the splendid building.
The inside of the museum is home to most ancient life evidence of life in Salento. It contains flints and pre-historic instruments, fossils, then teeth and bones of Mammoth, hippopotamus, penguin, reindeer.
The layout of this splendid exhibition is divided into 4 sections: Geology and Palaeontology, Palaeolithic and Pre-historic Art, Neolithic and Metal Age, African Art Ethnographic section – Sub Saharian.
The special characteristic of the Alca Museum of Maglie, is that to contain evidence of human life in Salento, dated back to the end of the Cretaceous Period to the beginning of the Iron Age, covering a wide length of 65 million years.
The upper floor of the building hosts the City Council library.

Latitudine 40°07'13.32”N
Longitudine 18°18'10.23”E

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