Cadore Archaeological Museum “MARC”

Archaeological finds from Lagole di Calalzo, Domegge di Cadore and Valle di Cadore are on display on the second floor of Palazzo della Magnifica Comunità di Cadore. These artefacts were unearthed during digs organised by the Veneto Archaeological Heritage Office that have been running since after the Second World War. One standout find is the deposit of ex-votos in Lagole di Calalzo, which testifies to the existence of an important place of worship linked to the sulphur water springs and frequented in pre-Roman and Roman times from the 6th century BC to the 4th century AD. The Venetians worshipped a divinity called Tribusiate/Trumusiate Sainate, which the Romans ‘replaced’ with Apollo. As for the materials found, of particular interest are the iron skewers and bronze ladles – attesting to the ritual practice of banqueting and libation – bronze figurines of donors, orants or warriors; bronze plates with figures and inscriptions; and iron weapons. The numerous inscriptions engraved on the ex-votos make Lagole di Calalzo the second most important centre for epigraphic documentation of the Venetian language, after Este (Padua).

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