Aiani Archaeological Museum

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The Aiani Archaeological Museum is a museum in Aiani, West Macedonia, Greece.

Although the museum was inaugurated in 1970, with a collection of antiquities of the ancient city but in 1983 a number of major additional finds meant that the museum had to be expanded considerably to house the new objects. Excavations revealed the existence of an organised city dated from the 2nd millennium BC to 100 BC, when it was abandoned, probably after an earthquake. Important architectural members have been uncovered, graves and cemeteries, dating from prehistoric times to the Late Hellenistic period.

Outside view of Aiani Archaeological Museum
View from outside

The building of a new museum began in 1992 but was delayed by events such as an earthquake on 13 March 1995. After storage in various places including the town hall, the museum was eventually completed in 1997, but only two of the museums exhibition rooms opened in October 2002.[1]

Now located in a two-storey building, the Archaeological Museum of Aiani displays the history of ancient Aiani, capital of Elimiotis which was one of the most important kingdoms of Upper Macedonia. The museum comprises eight exhibition rooms but only two are open to the public, and it contains storerooms, offices, a library, a drawing studio, a multi-purpose exhibition/lecture hall, a guesthouse and conservation laboratories for metal and terracotta items. From 1995 until October 2002 the multi-purpose hall housed a collection of icons, texts, maps and copies of antiquities.

Important collections include finds of the Late Bronze Age (1500 -1200 BC) and the Archaic and Classical periods (600 -500 BC), which provide an important insight into the formation of the Doric-Macedonian peoples in the region and the civilian and political development of Aiani, particularly during the Sixth Century B.C.[2]

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Coordinates: 40°10′03″N 21°49′35″E / 40.1674°N 21.8263°E / 40.1674; 21.8263