Greece Blog: National Archaeological Museum

June 7th, 2017

We entered into the Pre-Historic Collection area of the museum and took a moment to look at the chronological chart and map of Greece, marking the Prehistoric sites. The Paleolithic Era was first follow by the Mesolithic era, Neolithic era, Early Bronze Age, Middle Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age and the Sub-Mycenaean Period. From there we learned about the Cycladic culture and how these islands have an abundance of alabaster and marble. We saw multiple figurines with the women positioned as covering their stomach (or the child they bear) and a statue that was four and a half feet tall. Ana mentioned that because the Bronze Age did not have iron yet, all of the shields and protection devices used were made of either gold, iron, or bronze. We saw the bodies of two children that were found with their bodies covered in gold. Crowns and gold scales were found as well and all of this helps us recognize that the bodies were of a royal family. We saw remains of a helmet that was used back in the day, made solely of leather and boar's tusks. We later entered the Sculpture area of the museum and saw incredible pottery, statues, and figures in architecture. It is mind blowing to see creations that date back to such a long time ago and imagine the people that used these things/built them. Something that really caught my eyes was a find of a pot/mug with a swastika pictured on the front of it. It was from the sanctuary of Mt. Zeus on Mt. Hymettos. We saw a glimpse of wall paintings and decorations with frescos from Akrotiri as well as a piece of furniture.  Overall, it was just incredible to see the artifacts that have been preserved for so long. The history of Greece is so important to it’s country so I’m grateful that I got a chance to experience it and see so much of it close up. I could spend days there asking questions and imagining the way each object was really used. But for now, I admire the effort put into each artifact and the incredible creativity and strength that it took to build each statue, piece of furniture, and pottery piece.

Meaghan Upchurch

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