Friday, 21 June 2013

Samos Archaeological Museum


This was my first visit to Greece, and the Archaeological Museum on Samos was the first Greek museum I visited. Now usually, when I visit a country for the first time, it's a revelation to see the local historical narrative, and I pick up any number of unexpected facts about the indigenous cultures.

In Greece? Not so much.

Rightly or wrongly, the fact is that you can see many collections of Greek art and artefacts in the great museums of the world. In particular, I've spent a lot of time admiring the displays in the British Museum in London and the Ashmolean in Oxford.

Still, the Samos Museum has a nice collection, and it was great to see the finds in context. I was particularly intrigued by the pre-Christian statue head (below) whose face had been removed and etched with a cross by later Christians.





The archaeological site at the back of the museum wasn't open to visitors, but it was nice to know it was still an active excavation.



Rachel said...

There's also the fact that a lot of us were taught about the classical period in school. Even if we've not seen artefacts in museums, we'll have seen pictures...

Velva said...

Greece's history is amazing. I know you can see these types of artifacts all over the world but, still it rocks.

I hope your visit to Greece was enjoyable.


P.S. hope you enjoyed the great food.

Jenny Woolf said...

That cross replacing a face is really extraordinary. I've never seen anything like that before, or even imagined it!

what a charming little building the museum is, from your photo taken of it outside.

Bibliomama said...

Really cool. And I'm only slightly disappointed that the post wasn't about samosas. I really have to start reading more carefully. :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

The cross replacing the face is very interesting.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What beautiful objects.

Becky Jerdee said...

It's too bad about Greece being robbed of its treasures...reformations and wars do so much damage.

Shecki Grtlyblesd said...

Wow! Lovely! Must have been an amazing trip. We're studying Greece right now, so I shared your pictures with my daughter. :)

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