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THE ATHANASSAKEION ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

     

Tel. 24210 25285

Openly hours: everyday except Monday 08.30a.m.- 15:00p.m.

T he Archaeological Museum of Volos was built in 1909 with funds disposed by Alexis Athanassakis from the village Portaria of Pilion. The style of the building is neoclassic and the plans were executed by I. P. Skoutaris and A. Angelidis. B eside the numerous and various exhibits, special interest in the Museum of Volos presents the way of exhibition in the halls with the Neolithic artefacts and the halls with the representation of the graves. They allow the visitor to have a more direct contact with the antiquities and comprehend their function easier. P eriodical exhibitions take place in two halls of the Museum from time to time.

At the moment there is an exhibition of the Angelos Bastis collection of Neolithic artefacts from all over

Thessaly , which has been donated to the Museum. There is also an exhibition of the new acquistitions of the Museum which come from the recent excavations in the regions of Magnesia and Karditsa. A n educational programme from Primary school pupils has been put into practice, the subject of which is "Neolithic culture: once upon a time in Sesklo and Dimini".

C ollections housed in the Museum:

•  Collection of Paleolithic finds from all over Thessaly

•  Rich Neolithic collection of vases , figurines , clay models of houses etc.

•  Reconstitutions of tombs of several periods

•  Collection of gold jewellery

•  Collection of painted funerary stelai from Demetrias

•  Collection of releif funerary and votive stelai

•  Collection of clay, bronze and glass vessels of all the periods

•  Collection of coins from Thessaly and other regions of the ancient Greek world

ROOM 1

This room contains objects from recent archaeological excavations at coastal Prehistoric settlements (Petromagoula), in funerary tumuli (5 th c. BC), and in funerary shrines 95 th – 3 rd c. BC)

ROOM 2

The main exhibits in this room are paintrd grave stelai from ancient Demetrias, which are suburb examples of Hellenistic painting 93 rd c. BC), and also painted pottery and jewellery of the Mycenaen period 92 nd millennium BC) and the Iron Age (1 ST millennium BC).

ROOM 3

The objects on display here afford evidence for human evolution in the Neolithic period and for human activity in major spheres, such aw house- building (see building material), food-production (see tools and pottery) and leisure activities (figurines, jewellery).

ROOM 4

In this room are displayed painted grace stelai from ancient Demetrias, together with pottery, terracottas, jewellery and sculptures of the Hellenic and Roman periods (3 rd c. BC – 4 th c. A.D.).

ROOM 5

Room 5 contains drawn reconstructions of tombs, illustrating the evolution of grave monuments from the Prehistoric to the Hellenic period (erd millennium – 3 rd c. BC).

ROOM 6

Tombs transported in their entirety from the archaelogicl site, together with the human skeleton and the offerings placed around it, provide information on burial customs.

ROOM 7

Here are displayed representative examples of sculpture from Thessay dating from the Archaic and Classical periods (6 th and 5 th c. BC), and also bronze dedications from the pan – Thessalian sanctuary of Athena Itonia at Philia, Karditsa. Also displayed is material representing the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods from the plain of Theaaaly and the banks of the river Peneios.

T he most important items of the museum are:

  • Neolithic figurines (6500-4500 B.C.).
  • Bowl with painted decoration of the Middle Neolithic period from Tzani Magoula, in the region of Karditsa (5800-5300B.C.).
  • Of the Mycenaean period, conch which presenting ships with many rows (1550 B.C.).
  • Mycenaean model of a chariot painted decoration from Megalo Monastiri near Larissa (13th centuryB.C.).
  • From the Protogeometric period (1050-900 B.C.), a tomb from Relief of a funerery stele of Kyneas and Phrasimida from Pherae (5th century B.C.).
  • Representation of a tomb from the Protogeometric period (1050-900 B.C.).
  • Votive relief stele of Hestia and Symmachos from Pharsala (4th century B.C.).
  • Panathenaic amphora from Soros of Volos (4th century B.C.).
  • Gold jewellery from a grave at Homolion (3rd century B.C.).
  • Stele of the warriors . One of the most important examples of painted funerary stelai from Demetrias (2nd half of the 3rd century B.C.).
  • From the region of Trikala (3rd-2nd century B.C.), a Gold necklace from ancient Pelinneon .
THE ATHANASSAKEION ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM is at spot 17
 

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