Dallo “Speciale su Torricella Peligna” realizzato nel 1994 da:
Gino Di Tizio
Francesco Giannini
Domenico Bernabei



To Host Archaeological Findings and the Mummy

The… Desire for a Museum for Torricella 

Many archaeological discoveries have been made in the zone around Torricella. At the National Museum in Chieti, a helmet, called “The Torricellan Helmet”[1] is one of its “star attractions” and it is often sent to be exhibited elsewhere, outside of Italy too. 

A lot of other material is currently preserved in the village. There are pieces of pottery, weapons, fancy goods, all found either in Juvanum or in the countryside around Torricella. They have been collected with loving care by the Parish Priest, Don Ignazio Cocco, who has undertaken to clean them, catalogue them and photograph them. He has also had to protect his small treasure from the Superintendent of Antiquities who would have liked to remove it all. To do what with it? 

Probably just to put it all into storage and abandon it there. Don Ignazio, supported by the Mayor and all the citizens, said no, the findings shall not leave Torricella. He was such a hard, strongman that in the end the Torricellans won. The findings will stay in the village provided that the Town Hall will provide a place in which they can be displayed to the public. This undertaking has been agreed upon and soon will become a reality. There will be space of about two hundred square feet in which all the zone’s findings will be on display - and there will also be asylum for the Mummy[2] which was found during restoration works at the Church of San Giacomo. A perfectly preserved mummified body was discovered together with some skeletons when they were digging beneath the floor. At the moment this Mummy can be found in a room set aside for it by the Town Hall under supervision of the Superintendent but its definitive place will be in the small Museum[3] that will be set up.

  Translator's Notes:
  The Torricellan Helmet - The Torricella Peligna Ostrogoth helmet**, so-called because it belonged to an Ostrogoth warrior, was found in 1922 during excavations in the locality of Santa Lucia, between Torricella Peligna and Roccascalegna.

-The Ostrogoth Helmet of Torricella Peligna  

**Additional Translator’s note:

A fascinating by-product of my searching the internet for details about the Museum at Torricella Peligna, in an attempt to find out more about it –  was that I came across this:-

In America there is a manufacturer of reproduction armour and they copy the plated helmet, basing it on the famous Torricellan one!!



Spangenhelm           $660 + $30 shipping and handling
This type of Spangenhelm (so called since it is constructed of “spangen” or plates, riveted together by means of connecting bands) was in use throughout Europe for hundreds of years from the beginning of the Migration Period until the early Viking age. The few remaining examples, from graves of Frankish chieftains, are decoratively embossed and gilded. Our version eliminates the embossing and gilding, in an attempt to reproduce the type worn by the common soldier. The body of the helmet is 16 gauge steel, with a 14 gauge nasal.

Original: Circa 6th Century Germanic, Find place: Torricella Peligna in the Abruzzi, Ancona Museum

[2] This article, above, was written in 1994. For more about the Mummy see preceding articles in Amici di Torricella –

Also see a recent scientific article describing the mummy : The Mummy From Torricella Peligna

[3] Regarding the long story of non-provision of the much desired Museum, under the modern-day page, (written in the last couple of years, approx. 2004-2006), headed “Places to See”  we have the evidence that finally the Museum has indeed been set up – even though it has taken so many years to fulfill.

The town preserves, in the territorial Museo (Museum ) recently opened, an interesting collection of archaeological objects found in the zone of JUVANUM.  In the museum, in a glass case* and climatized, is a mummy of the eighteenth century, found under the parish church during restoration work.

                   * in a “vacuum reliquary”

From the “Special on Torricella Peligna” created in 1994 by:
Gino Di Tizio
Francesco Giannini
Domenico Bernabei
                                                                                           Translation courtesy of Dr. Marion Apley Porreca