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Kerameikos Ancient Cemetery of Athens Archaeology Site and Museum Photos

Kerameikos, the ancient cemetery of AthensKerameikos, the ancient cemetery of Athens, is probably the least visited of the ancient Athenian archaeological sites. It is a shame too because it is one of the most beautiful and perhaps the best organized. Kerameikos is named after Keramos, son of Dionysios and Ariadne, hero of potters. The area was used continuously for burials from the twelfth century BC for a thousand years. Located at the very bottom of Ermou Street where it becomes a broad pedestrian avenue and park just beyond Monastiraki, it is an easy walk to reach and almost impossible to get lost. The site is under the supervision of Dr Jutta Stroszeck of the German Archaeological Institute who has done a wonderful job of excavating, organizing and explaining what it is you are looking at through the signs posted around the site, written in English and Greek. For those who have more than a day to see Athens, wake up early and make your way to Kerameikos and you are likely to have the whole place to yourself, give or take an archaeologist or two.

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