The wealth of documentary information and objects present today at the seats of the various Departmental Sections of Historic Sciences and Cultural Heritage grew up over the course of more than thirty years of research and investigation carried out in Tuscany, in Italy, and abroad. Added to what may be described in strict terms as the archaeological collection are educational materials in the form of replicas, casts, and copies concerning artistic production and expression.
The archaeological collections, currently held for temporary safekeeping in Department Laboratories, comprise finds unearthed during research activities in the field (digs and reconnaissance expeditions) as well as educational collections, panels, reproductions and replicas. This legacy includes artifacts in stone, ceramic, metal and glass, coins, frescos, as well as faunal, paleobotanical and anthropological finds. Some make up thematic collections organized according to chronology, culture, or location of the archaeological site.
The largest collections gather together ceramic works from various civilizations in the Ancient World, from prehistoric times to the Renaissance, coming mostly from Tuscany, because the finds were closely tied to research activities conducted primarily within the region.
The Museum System of the University of Siena (Sistema Museale dell’Università di Siena—SIMUS) is the tangible result of centuries of study and research carried out in and around Siena. The System constitutes a summa on the evolution of thought, scientific or otherwise, through collections of tools, finds, educational models, memorabilia and archival documents. Thanks to the passionate commitment of researchers and university staff, museum resources of this sort continue in the present day to provide an effective educational tool to be used in teaching and disseminating knowledge.