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The Archaeological Museum of Paros

The Archaeological Museum of Paros is found in the town of Paros (Paroikia). The exhibits cover all periods of the history of the island from prehistoric times up to the Roman period and are displayed in three halls, a gallery and an atrium. The most important pieces are exhibited in the first hall, which contains the sculptures which also constitute the history of sculpture on the island.

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You should not miss to pay attention to the archaic statue of Gorgo, to the marble relief coming from the memorial of Archilochos, to the huge statue of Artemis (Diana) found at Delion and to a statue of Nike (Victory) made by a local sculptor.

The second hall is smaller and contains the finds from the excavations at the islet of Despotiko, southern to Antiparos.

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The third hall is kept for the prehistoric period for the finds of ancient Paros. The exhibits come both from Paros, Antiparos and the islet of Saliagos and describe the evolution of culture from the Late Neolithic up to the Late Bronze Age and to the Roman period. You will see statuettes, relief, funeral gifts from the ancient cemetery, inscriptions, and the famous “Parian Marble”, the inscribed stele of marble that records in detail all the important facts of antiquity up to 264 b.C., when it was written. A considerable part of this chronicle is found in the museum, whereas two pieces of it are found in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Great Britain. The text is written in the Attic dialect and in 134 lines it cites all the important historic facts of 1318 years.

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