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Archaeological Museum

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The archaeological museum operated since 1999, in a building constructed by Drama City and donated to the Ministry of Culture, in order to be opened in the prefecture.

Findings that take place in the museum, record the cultural history of Drama from the Middle Stone Age, till 1914. There are oldest remains (bones and stone tools) from excavations in the Springs Cave of Aggitis (50,000 BC). There are also, exposed tools, jewellery and pottery from prehistoric settlements of Sitagri and Arkadikos (6000-4000 BC), from the Early (several vases) and Late Bronze Age (findings from graves in Potami and Exochi village) and from the Early Iron Age (vessels, weapons, tools and jewellery from tombs in the industrial area of ​​Drama). The first room is a representation of a Neolithic, single, clay house with furnishing (tools of stone, bone and clay, essential for the daily needs of the Neolithic man), a loom, figurines and ceremonial vessels with wooden benches, rugs and baskets.

In addition, the museum displays samples of Attic pottery (6th and 5th centuries BC), a marble bust of Dionysus - which is the most ancient sample of the god’s cult in the region - a treasure trove of 860 coins of Filippos II – after an excavation in Potami and other finds from the ancient settlement of Drama (4th century BC). Grave offerings are also important – we stand out among them, those, that were found in Macedonian Hellenistic tomb of the second century BC.

From the Roman era, the majority of findings, not only come from Filippi city - as the bronze statue of Zeus - but also from other regions, such as the tombstone of Tiberius Claudius Maximus, found in Grammeni village. All these findings come from Drama Prefecture (Drama city, Kali Vrysi, the area of ​​Grammeni, Prosotsani, Platania, Potami).

Samples of the Christian era, in the region of Drama, are coins and pottery from Drama settlement and Filippi. Monuments of the Byzantine era, are scarce, the most characteristic of which, are the stone sundial engraved with the hours (1069 AD) from Palaeochori and vases, coins, jewels from Drama, Adriani and Xiropotamos.