AREA ARCHEOLOGICA DI SANT’ANGELO MUXARO

 
Sant'Angelo Muxaro

Sant'Angelo Muxaro stands on the top of a hill bordered by steep slopes, overlooking the Platani river (the ancient Halykos). The town, in which the mythical Camico is recognised, is said to have been fortified by the famous architect Daedalus who, fleeing from the Cretan king Minos, received hospitality from the Sican king Kokalos.
On the southern slope of the hill, it is possible to see the necropolis, of which over two hundred rock-cut tombs have been excavated in the rock, some of them cave type and the others tholos type, variously datable from the 13th to the 6th century. a .C.
The tombs are preceded by long corridors that lead to the sepulchral chamber, with a circular plan and a convex vaulted roof.

From Sant’Angelo comes the most conspicuous group of golds in indigenous Sicily, consisting of two heavy gold rings with engraved bezel and four paterae (of which only one remained, today in the British Museum).
The Archaeological Museum of Palazzo Arnone is located in Piazza Umberto I, collects a significant selection of grave goods (materials from the 12th to the 6th century BC) and materials from the territory.

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