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Dead People’s Things

Posted by Heliocentrism on March 30, 2018

September 30th – October 6th, 2017

There is nothing that archaeologists love more than trash and dead people’s things. I guess they might like books more, but the pages don’t always stand the test of time. Trash, pottery, and tomb stones, on the other hand, last almost forever even after being neglected for hundreds of years.

a tombstone of a dead wrestler

In Athens we saw a lot of dead people’s stuff. It was amazing the amount of details that went into making burial chachkies. These items did nothing for the dead or even their family, but they’re doing wonders for us now. Every tombstone, sarcophagus, and piece of pottery tells us so much about the past. Mark and I even went to a museum that told the life story of some guy who died thousands of years ago, all with information they got from the things they found in his grave.

It seems that the more important a person was, the more pottery that person was buried with. These jugs would tell about the person’s life in picture form. If the person were an athlete, there would be a picture of a man running, wrestling, or doing some other athletic activity.

A lot of information about Greece’s past can be found on its old pottery. It’s like they used jugs as note pads. If you were an ancient and you thought that Telemachus was “oh, s00o hot” you would get some clay and throw a new jug with pictures of you making googly eyes at his half-naked body doing push-ups or something. Pottery was like the blogging of its time, except people had to come over to your house to look at your jars.

There is so much pottery in Greece. Every museum has a pottery section. Some dedicated entire floors to pottery. Mark and I found a few museums that only had pottery. By the time I left Athens, I was completely sick of pottery. I still enjoyed the tales they told, though.

Stories told on a dead guy’s pottery 


Greece

How to get there:

You can enter this country air, land, or sea.

Phone:

  • 112 – Emergency
  • 166 – Ambulane
  • 199 – Fire
  • 100 – Police
  • 171 – Tourist Police

Website:

Videos:

Notes:

  • Don’t flush toilet paper.
    • Supposedly, it’s bad for the pipes.
    • You’re supposed to throw it in the trash can in the bathroom.
  • Although Greece is relatively inexpensive, you can go through all your money traveling to all the various islands.

National Archaeological Museum

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • 10 Euros

Hours:

  • 9:30 – 17:30

Videoes:

Notes:


Ancient Agora of Athens

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • €8
  • €30 – special package ticket that’s valid for 5 days and includes:
    •  Acropolis of Athens & South Slope of Acropolis + North slope of Acropolis
    • Ancient Agora of Athens & Museum of the Ancient Agora
    • Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos
    • Archaeological Site of Lykeion
    • Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos
    • Olympieio
    • Roman Agora of Athens

Hours:

  • 8:00 – 19:00

Video

Notes:


Temple of Olympian Zeus

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • €6
  • €30 – special package ticket that’s valid for 5 days and includes:
    •  Acropolis of Athens & South Slope of Acropolis + North slope of Acropolis
    • Ancient Agora of Athens & Museum of the Ancient Agora
    • Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos
    • Archaeological Site of Lykeion
    • Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos
    • Olympieio
    • Roman Agora of Athens

Hours:

  • 8.00-18.00
  • Last entrance: 17.30

Videos:

Notes:


Hadrian’s Library

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • €4
  • €30 – special package ticket that’s valid for 5 days and includes:
    •  Acropolis of Athens & South Slope of Acropolis + North slope of Acropolis
    • Ancient Agora of Athens & Museum of the Ancient Agora
    • Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos
    • Archaeological Site of Lykeion
    • Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos
    • Olympieio
    • Roman Agora of Athens

Hours:

  • Monday to Sunday 08.00 – 15.00
  • Last Admission: 14.45
  • When the temperature reaches above 39o C, the Archaeological Site will remain open from 8:00 till 13:00

Video

Notes:

  • Built  in AD 132.

Roman Agora

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • €30 – special package ticket that’s valid for 5 days and includes:
    •  Acropolis of Athens & South Slope of Acropolis + North slope of Acropolis
    • Ancient Agora of Athens & Museum of the Ancient Agora
    • Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos
    • Archaeological Site of Lykeion
    • Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos
    • Olympieio
    • Roman Agora of Athens

Hours:

  • 8:00 – 15:00
  • When the temperature reaches above 39o C, the Archaeological Site will remain open from 8:00 till 13:00

Video

Notes:

  • Built between 19 and 11 B.C.

Kerameikos

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • €30 – special package ticket that’s valid for 5 days and includes:
    •  Acropolis of Athens & South Slope of Acropolis + North slope of Acropolis
    • Ancient Agora of Athens & Museum of the Ancient Agora
    • Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos
    • Archaeological Site of Lykeion
    • Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos
    • Olympieio
    • Roman Agora of Athens

Hours:

  • 8:00 – 19:00

Video

Notes:

  • Don’t Miss:
    • The Pompeion

Acropolis of Athens

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • €30 – special package ticket that’s valid for 5 days and includes:
    •  Acropolis of Athens & South Slope of Acropolis + North slope of Acropolis
    • Ancient Agora of Athens & Museum of the Ancient Agora
    • Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos
    • Archaeological Site of Lykeion
    • Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos
    • Olympieio
    • Roman Agora of Athens

Hours:

  • 8:00 – 20:00

Video

Notes:


Lyceum

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • €30 – special package ticket that’s valid for 5 days and includes:
    •  Acropolis of Athens & South Slope of Acropolis + North slope of Acropolis
    • Ancient Agora of Athens & Museum of the Ancient Agora
    • Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos
    • Archaeological Site of Lykeion
    • Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos
    • Olympieio
    • Roman Agora of Athens

Hours:

  • 8:00 – 19:00

Notes:

  • The museums nearby are not included. You needed to purchase additional tickets for them.

Acropolis Museum

Basic Information

Website

 

Cost:

  • €5
  • Check the website for days when entrance fees are waved.

Hours:

  • Opens at 8:00
    • Closing time varies by day and season.
    • Check website for closing times
  • Closed: 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 and 26 December
  • On August Full Moon and European Night of Museums, the Acropolis Museum operates until 12 midnight.

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Don’t Miss:

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