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Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos

Last Update: Jul 2012
(Est. 1970)
74, Konstantinou Palaiologou Street 72100 AGIOS NIKOLAOS , LASSITHI , GREECE
Tel.: +30 28410 24943
Opening hours:
01Jun - 31Oct Tue-Sun, 0900-1600
01Nov - 31May Tue-Sun, 0830-1500

Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos - Overview

   The Museum of Aghios Nikolaos was founded in 1970 in order to house the numerous new archaeological finds from eastern Crete, which until then, were housed in the Museum of Herakleion.
   Its collections include:
• Finds from the Early Minoan (3000-2000 B.C.) cemetery at Aghia Photia of Seteia
• Finds from the Early Minoan II settlement at Fournou Koryfi of Myrtos
• Finds from the Early Minoan II-III (2600-2200 B.C.) cemetery on the islet of Mochlos
• Finds from Middle Minoan (2000-1550 B.C.) peak sanctuaries: Petsophas, Modi, Traostalos, Kalamaki, Prinias, Etiani, Kephala
• Finds from the Late Minoan III (1400-1200 B.C.) tombs of Milatos and Kritsa
• Finds from the Geometric deposit at Anavlochos Vrachasiou.
• Finds from the Daidalic deposit at Seteia (beginning of 7th century B.C.)
• Finds from the Archaic deposit at Olous (end of 7th-6th centuries B.C.)
• Finds from Lato pros Kamara (modern Aghios Nikoalos) dated to Greek and Roman times

  The most important exhibits are:
  The burial finds from the cemetery of Aghia Photia. Located by the sea, the cemetery included at least 300 graves, all dated to the Early Minoan II and III periods (2300 B.C.). The burials were accompanied by numerous offerings to the dead, including more than 1500 vases of various types - chalices, pyxis, kernoi, jugs, incense burners - as well as plenty of obsidian tools and bronze daggers. Strong Cycladic influence was evident in the cemetery.
  Finds from peak sanctuaries of the Middle Minoan I period (2000 B.C.). They are votive offerings, mostly human figurines, animal figurines or clay imitations of human parts. They are very important as they offer information on the dressing and hairstyling habits of the period, as well as the gestures of worship.
  Gold diadem from the Early Minoan II-III (2600-2200 B.C.) cemetery on the islet of Mochlos. It is decorated with schematic representations of Cretan wild goats in repousse dotted technique. The lower part is irregularly cut and on the upper are attached three V-shaped antennae.
  The "Goddess of Myrtos". Libation vase in the shape of a woman, found in the Early Minoan II (2600-2300 B.C.) settlement on the hill of Fournou Koryfi at Myrtos. It has a bell-shaped body, without legs, and a very small head with rough rendering of facial details, supported on a very tall neck. The woman holds a beak-mouthed jug in the crook of her arm. The details of the garment and the pubic triangle are painted.
  Figurine of a worshiper or a priestess from the cemetery of Myrsine at Seteia. The lower part of the body is formed as a low cylinder, with a cross painted under the base. On the upper part of the body, the schematic hands are brought before the breasts in a worshipping gesture. The hair in the back is formed as a horizontal cylinder, while other details of the face and the garment were painted. Dated to the Post-palatial period (after 1500 BC.).
   Gold pin. It had been exported illegally from Crete and was bought in Brussels by the archaeologist J.-P. Olivier, who donated it to the museum in 1981. The back face bears an exceptionally large inscription of 18 tiny Linear A signs, while the front is decorated with a bramble motif.
  Small stone pyxis from the north cemetery at Gournia. The decorative groves are restricted to minimum so as not to hide the wonderful physical patterning of the stone, which the artist has exploited in a very skillful manner. The lid has a small handle at the centre. This kind of vase was used for keeping cosmetics or as a jewelery box.
  Head of a clay statue, found in an Archaic (7th-6th centuries BC.) deposit at Seteia. It is smaller than natural size and hollow inside. The pupils of the large eyes are marked with a compass. The expression, with the slight smile, is typical of the Archaic period. The statue had painted decoration, but only faint traces of the paint are preserved, as in the eyebrows, which were blue.
  Skull of a young athlete with a gold wreath, found in the Roman cemetery of the city of Lato pros Kamara (modern Aghios Nikolaos), dated to the 1st century AD. The wreath, fastened on the skull, is made of schematic olive-tree leaves. A silver coin - tetradrachm of the city of Polyrrhenia from the time of emperor Tiberius had been placed in the mouth of the deceased as the fare for Charon.
   Triton-shell rhyton (ritual vessel) found in the palace of Malia. It is made of green stone and bears a relief representation of two lion-headed demons who stand on a stepped structure, possibly an altar, and are in the process of a libation. The vessel is dated to the Late Minoan I A period (1550-1500 B.C.).

Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos - Map

Executives & Departments

  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 28410 22462, Fax: 28410 25115
    24th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, 47 Pringipos Georgiou, Agios Nikolaos

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Art & culture

Museum • Archaeological Museum
Visiting Information • Admission fee • Fixed hours
Museum exhibits • Tools / Stone • Statues • Statuettes - Figurines • Pottery / Amphoras • Sarcophagi • Protomes • Grave offerings
Periods of the exhibits • Neolithic period, 6500-3200 BC • Bronze Age, 3200-1050 BC • Ancient historical times, 1050 BC- AD 324

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