Larache Archaeological Museum

Larache, Morocco

Kindly note that the Larache museum has been closed and that all its artefacts have been moved to:

Casbah Museum (Tangier)
Al-Kasbah, Tangier
Conservator: Abdelaziz El Idrissi
T: +212 539 932 097
M: +212 (0) 675 271 922

The following is an older article referring to the when the Larache museum was operational.

Located on Dar el-Makhzen Square, the Larache City Museum was established within the ancient city wall of Borj al-Yahoudi in 1978.

The museum exclusively exhibited archaeological objects exhumed from the site of Lixus which is located 4 km from the mouth of the nearby Loukkos river.

The first section of the museum presented objects through a chronological overview. The second section, which was located on the ground floor, ordered the objects according to several themes and functions; religious life, mythology, architecture, adornments and ceramics amongst others.

The periodisation of the museum objects were as follows:

The Phoenician period:

Despite a general scarcity of archaeological data within the Phoenician period, the museum's collection attested to the extensive commercial exchange via the port of Lixus. Amongst the objects included from this period was a sphinx, ostrich eggs and jewellery, including a famous gold earring attributed to the Phoenician goddess Tanit.

The Punic period:

Amongst objects attributed to the Punic period were amphorae, imported ceramics and common pottery which all testify to the integration of Lixus in the great Mediterranean commercial circuits.

The Mauritanian period:

The objects of the first century BCE Mauritanian period indicated an intense commercial activity coupled with a strong urban expansion. These were witnessed through collections of amphorae, perfume stores, imported ceramics and various bronze artefacts.

The Roman period:

The period of direct Roman rule in the first century CE displayed a wide plethora of archaeological objects that reveal the development of Lixus under Roman Colonisation since the reign of Claudius (41-54CE) until the abandonment of the city in the fifth century CE. Objects included ceramic utensils imported from Italy, Spain and Southern Gaul as well as amphorae, statuettes, mosaic fragments, bronze furniture and architectural elements — including a Pompeian-style mural.

The Islamic period:

The Islamic occupation of the site is confirmed by the discovery of various architectural elements as well as Almohad and Almoravid ceramics from the eleventh and twelfth centuries CE. Amongst these were a number of ceramics in the ‘cuerda seca’ design including a drinking vase of which similar examples were found in the Iberian Islamic settlements of Murcia, Siyasa, Shaltish and Huelva, attesting to the close links between Islamic North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula within this period.

Délégation du Ministère de la Culture
Larache, Morocco
T +212 539 912 092

Le musée a été fermé
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