Civic and Archaeological Museum in Mel

The Museum is housed since 1996 on the top floor of the seventeenth-century Countess Palaces in Mel.
The central hall is set-up with panels, photographs and drawings of the entire archaeological area, while the two rooms contain twenty-five showcases where are exposed the tombs of the Paleovenetian necropolis, parts of the palace found in 1995 and artifacts from private collections.

You can find clay and bronze urns, ornaments and objects of daily use as rings, bracelets and brooches, belts with decorated buckles, knives, awls and needles.

The Necropolis of Mel, used by the ancient Veneto population from the eight to the fifth century BC is located 500 meters from the town centre in the direction of Belluno. The excavations in the necropolis began in 1958 and continued several year until 1964, bringing to light grave goods now on display in the civic museum of Mel.
During the several campaigns were found about 80 tombs, arranged in an irregular way, without any apparent order.

In 1962 were also found in the southern part of the necropolis, near the road that leads from Mel to Belluno, seven circular fences. Later other fences partially preserved were found. This structure was generally used to protect the tombs located on the inside and therefore is linked to the structure of the burial ground.

The circular fences, in part still visible, are made with slabs of sandstone stuck in the ground for about a third of the height, with the entrance facing south and made of vertical slabs and a threshold.

Opening days and accessibility

 Opening hours:

Civic and Archaeological Museum:

- Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 12:00 am and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
- other days by reservation only for groups and schools

- every day by reservation

For reservations and information:
Associazione Fenice
+39 333 8535629

Aperto/a al pubblico

Palazzo delle Contesse, Piazza Papa Luciani, 7
32026 Mel

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