The Bruscoli Museum

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Our research at Albagino is being helped by the Gruppo Archeologico di Bruscoli (Bruscoli Archaeological Group) who have generously provided us with space to study our finds at the Il Museo Storico Etnografico di Bruscoli (The historical and ethnographic museum of Bruscoli). The museum is run by volunteers and is housed in a building provided by the Comune of Firenzuola in the village of Bruscoli.

The museum has several collections: local geology and archaeology; ethnographic and popular culture; World War Two items related to fighting in September 1944 on the Gothic Line – the German defences along the Apennine Mountains against the advancing Allies.

Shards of Etruscan bucchero ceramics from Bruscoli.

The archaeological material dates from later prehistory to the Middle Ages and provides some context for our excavations, although there are very few Etruscan finds from the locality. The ethnographic section consists of costumes and artefacts relating to life in the Apennines in the 19th and 20th centuries. It includes everyday items, agricultural equipment, photographs and documents.

A Willis Jeep displayed with items of German war materiel.

The World War Two material documents the fierce fighting in the area [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_Line]. Exhibits include an entire Jeep, uniforms, arms and equipment and fragments of war debris collected by the Gruppo Archeologico di Bruscoli. In this way the museum documents both local life and how the area was caught up in world affairs in 1944.

British and Italian flags with photos of war-damaged Firenzuola.

Phil Perkins

July 11, 2018