Archaeological Museum of Aiani, Aiani

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The Aiani Archaeological Museum is a museum in Aiani, West Macedonia, Greece.
Although the museum was inaugurated in 1970, with a collection of antiquities of the ancient city but in 1983 a number of major additional finds meant that the museum had to be expanded considerably to house the new objects. Excavations revealed the existence of an organised city dated from the 2nd millennium BC to 100 BC, when it was abandoned, probably after an earthquake. Important architectural members have been uncovered, graves and cemeteries, dating from prehistoric times to the Late Hellenistic period.
The building of a new museum began in 1992 but was delayed by events such as an earthquake on 13 March 1995. After storage in various places including the town hall, the museum was eventually completed in 1997, but only two of the museums exhibition rooms opened in October 2002.
Now located in a two-storey building, the Archaeological Museum of Aiani displays the history of ancient Aiani, capital of Elimiotis which was one of the most important kingdoms of Upper Macedonia. The museum comprises eight exhibition rooms but only two are open to the public, and it contains storerooms, offices, a library, a drawing studio, a multi-purpose exhibition/lecture hall, a guesthouse and conservation laboratories for metal and terracotta items. From 1995 until October 2002 the multi-purpose hall housed a collection of icons, texts, maps and copies of antiquities.
Important collections include finds of the Late Bronze Age (1500 -1200 BC) and the Archaic and Classical periods (600 -500 BC), which provide an important insight into the formation of the Doric-Macedonian peoples in the region and the civilian and political development of Aiani, particularly during the Sixth Century B.C.
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  • Standing in history, in a lovely museum, rich in historic treasures from nearby archaeological sites. The town, and its people, are kind, welcoming, and love to share their heritage. Highly...  more »
  • Museum is stunning, with archaeological finds from the local sites, which can also be visited. Beautifully preserved, knowledgeable and helpful staff.  more »
  • Rare impressive items of the classical ages from the Capital of Ano Makedonia - AIANI . A visit here is a must ! Especially when the annual run of Apollonodoros is organised through and around the ancient places of necropolis. The stuff is very polite - self motivated and committed to their work . They also organised the run for 18 times so you surelycan enjoy your visit near the lake and the hills. The excavations are still in the beginning as it was mentioned by some experts .Hope good work is a promise for an unexpected future!
  • The Museum of the city of Aiani. Big, attentive, interesting. Beware of the prehistoric findings that are not particularly known. The findings of the Archaic period show the organization of the Macedonians in cities already from this early period. From the findings of everyday life beware the representation of a loom in which the fabric is the garment of a woman as attributed to a figurine. It is worth visiting the prefecture of Kozani for this! Next to it is the ancient city.
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