Nafplion Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum of Nafplion exhibits artifacts from excavations in the general Argolis area, including rare Mesolithic objects from the Franchthi cave, contents from several Bronze Age settlements and tombs, as well as later Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic items.
- The museum is located in the main square of the beautiful city of Nafplion. It was recently renovated with new display cases and excellent lighting. The exhibitions are thoroughly annotated with text and a short video provides further background on the history around Argolis.
Objects from Franchthi Cave (Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic - circa 10000-3000 BCE).
- Stone arrows, stone and bone tools, from Franchthi cave.
- Jewelry from the Kazarmas Tholos Tomb.
- Middle Neolithic pottery from Franchthi cave. There is evidence that by that time, neolithic man had constructed rudimentary kilns to separate the pots from the fuel to gain more control over the final colors.
- Ceramic jar from Tiryns
- Amphora, circa 550-650 CE.
- Sauce-boat from Tiryns.
- Ceramic vessels from Kazamas Tholos Tomb.
- Trefoil-mounted oinochoe from Tiryns cist gave XXIII.
- Amphora from Epidauros.
- Piriform jar
- Fresco depicting rosettes and running spirals and papyrus flower from
Circa 13 c. BCE
- Stucco offering table from Tiryns.
16-14 c. BCE
- Pithoi fragment from Tiryns lower citadel.
- Cycladic stone pyxis from Tiryns lower citadel.
- Ceramic fragment with decoration depicting a ship and oarsmen.
Tiryns, 730-690 BCE
- Krater fragment with decoration depicting warriors and chariots.
Tiryns, lower citadel, 1180-1050 BCE
- Ceramic vessels.
Late 9th, and 8thc. BCE
- Amphora from the Geometric period.
Tiryns, 850-800 BCE
- Tripod amphora from Nafplion, Pronoioa.
- Krater with male figures and horses.
Tiryns, gave XXIII, 730-690 BCE
- Panathenaic amphora by the Matros Painter. It contained the oil won as the prize in the Panathenaic games. One side depicts Athena Promachos flanked by Doric columns with cockerels on them, and an inscription indicating "The Prize from Athens". The side visible here depicts the reception of a jockey and his horse--probably the winner of an event at the games.
- White ground lekythos
with drawing depicting a visit at the grave.
- Bronze statuette of female figure, from Asine.
- Clay votive shield from Tiryns, upper citadel.
7th c. BCE
- Ceremonial masks from Tiryns upper citadel.
Terracotta, 7th c. BCE
- Doric capital from Tiryns, upper citadel.
7th c. BCE
- Dancing woman clay statuette.
3d c. BCE
- Glass vessels from the Ancient Epidauros necropolis.
1st c. CE
- Bronze body armor known as the Dendra Panoply. From the Mycenaean cemetery of Dendra, the cuirass tomb (tomb 12). It includes a boar tooth helmet, similar to the one described by Homer in the Iliad.
End of 15 c. BCE
- Bronze helmet from Tiryns, grave XXVIII.
- Corinthian type bronze helmet.
- Bronze cooking pot.
Circa 500 BCE
- Bronze chisels.
- Iron tools: sickle, ard (plough), chain and nails.
- Bronze tools including: tongs and saw.
- Marble mortar and pestle from Tiryns lower citadel.
- Linear B tablets dealing with land-tenure.
Tiryns, lower citadel, 13th-12th c. BCE
- Fragment from Attic krater inscribed "ΑΘΑΝΑΙΑΣ ΕΜΙ" (I belong to Athena).
6th c. BCE
- The museum includes reconstructions of graves of an adult burial from the 18th c. BCE, and a child burial reconstruction from the Mesolithic era of the Franchthi cave.