Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos
The Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos is a museum in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece. It is currently closed for restoration (date of this edit is 13 October 2015). No re-opening date is available.
Established in 1970, the museum contains archaeological finds in chronological order beginning with the Neolithic era, Minoan remains, and ending with Greco-Roman finds. It consists of eight large rooms and amongst its most famous exhibits is the Goddess of Mirtos, a libation vessel in the form of a female figure discovered at a Bronze Age settlement at Fournos, near Mirtos. The museum also contains important items of the Daedalic Period which date back to the 7th century BC, notably the head of a clay statue of a woman found near Sitia.
The largest collection, displaying items excavated at Agia Fotia cemetery near Sitia is housed in the first room. Sitia was one of the largest prehistoric cemeteries in Greece and many graves ranged from simple pits for child burials to extravagant early chamber tombs. The room also contains many notable vases and several hundred bronze blades of differing shapes and level of sharpness also found in the graves of Agia Fotia. Fish hooks dating back to early Minoan Crete are also exhibited.
Gallery of photos from the years 2005 and 2010
- Crete.Tournet, Retrieved on May 7, 2008
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