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Archaeological Museum of Sitia

The Archaeological Museum of Sitia is housed within a new building constructed in 1984 and it is found off the center of the town, on the road leading to Ierapetra. The Museum houses the most important finds of archaeological surveys in Eastern Crete. As the space for display is not sufficient, an expansion of the museum has been planned. Apart from the exhibition halls, the Museum has storerooms, offices, conservation workshops and study rooms.

The items are displayed in chronological order, with indicative inscriptions in five languages.
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Among the most important finds, displayed in the Museum, are:

A statue made of gold and ivory coming from the Minoan settlement of Palaekastro, dated to the Late Minoan IB period. The statue is of a height of 50 cm and is composed of smaller parts pieced together.

A Minoan ritual vessel (rhyton) bull-shaped with painted decoration, found at the islet of Mochlos.

A Late Minoan stirrup jar found during the excavations at Psira. It has an excellent marine decoration with nautilus.

A pithoid jar ("pithamphoreus") found at the palace of Zakros and dated to the Late Minoan period.

A Geometric amphora with painted linear decoration of bands and circles, coming from the cemetery at Aghios Georgios.

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A terracotta statuette of woman, of the type of “Tanagraia”, found at Zarokambos and dated to the Hellenistic period.

A black-painted decorated kantharos of the Hellenistic period, also found at Zarokambos.

Two clay tablets of the Daedalic type with relief human figures, possibly presenting Pluto and Persephone, found at Sitia.

A clay Linear A tablet, the most interesting of a broader group displayed at the Museum; the tablet comes from the “archives” of the palace of Zakros.

A base of a funerary stele, with epigram on both sides, referring to the death of Leon and Thenas, found at ancient Itanos.

Access to the Museum is possible by public bus, taxi and rented or private cars and motorbikes.
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