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Archeology for Kids in Crete

May 16, 2018 2 Comments

Welcome to my world!
I’m Anastasia and I’m really happy to welcome you to my island Crete. I’m a mother of two lovely kids and it's my life purpose to provide a beautiful childhood, part of which, is making memories that are long-lasting. In this corner of Family Experiences Blog, I would like to take you around Crete and give you insiders suggestions for family travel and activities. Are you an (expat) family living in Greece or a guest visiting my beautiful island for summer holidays? I hope you will join me exploring Crete!

Archeology for Kids doesn’t have to be boring. Today’s activities are taking place in Kissamos,  a beautiful small town just a half hour easy drive from Chania.  Our first stop is the gem of this place, the archaeological museum which hosts amazing findings from the western part of Crete, mostly Polyrenia , Falasarna, and other smaller ancient towns of the area.

The museum was founded in 2005 and it is housed in a two-floor Venetian monument which once was hosting the Headquarters of the Governor of the area. 

On the ground floor, you will basically admire the findings from Ancient Falasarna and Polyrenia which flourished during the Hellenistic period as well findings from the prior Minoan era.

On the first floor, you will admire the mosaics that are in maintained in very good condition from the Hellenistic period of the area, along with other findings, such as coins, amphoreus, jewellery, and tomb findings.

As we leave the museum and its child-friendly entrance we walk to Αrchaeolab, a unique place for archeology for kids. A child’s paradise where for the next two hours the kids will enjoy making their own excavations.

We will meet Koula Bourboudaki, an archaeologist with a busy schedule who will welcome us and explain the project she is running.

This unique idea for archeology with kids offers the children the opportunity to experience the scientific excavation process, documentation and management of the archaeological finds and understand how archaeologists reconstruct the past, based on the findings.

Children are invited to bring an ancient Minoan premise to light, following the instructions are given in order to follow the protocols of the archaeologists and do professional work.

The remains of the material culture contained in the excavation, provide clear evidence and information on the characteristics of the ancient society lifestyle. Children are invited to reveal, among others: architectural elements (walls/floor residues), storage jars and their contents, constructions and utensils for the preparation and the production of the food (kitchen), wine press, loom residues, treasure crypts etc 

In the process of excavation, children practice various aspects of contemporary archaeological practice (backfill removal techniques, water and dry sieve, findings sorting/classification etc.) and as the sets of findings are revealed, the excavation process resembles the gradual solving of a mystery.

After the excavation, a second lab is taking place, where children are introduced to the art of pottery or other ecological practices. We were amazed to see the construction of a Neolithic house which was made by small children.

Starting 2018, several classes for also will also be taking place, considering the Minoan cuisine, the art of mosaic, and paleography. Similar labs will be opening in other parts of Greece such as Patras and Thessaloniki.

Mrs. Koula is very helpful and will answer all your questions. For more information contact her on facebook @archeolab or visit the website www.archaeolab.gr

Don’t miss the opportunity for something so unique.  This place for archeology for kids is great. You will never have felt better seeing your children so dusty and proud!

Anastasia Lainaki Zacharopoulou

Greek blogger Anastasia was born and raised in Chania, on the west side of Crete. She is the mother of two young children. Be inspired by Anastasia's local knowledge and join her in her journey around Crete.

2 Comments

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    Nick Stamoulis

    May 18, 2018

    Giving kids a hands on experience is the key to them enjoying topics, such as archaeology, that tend to be a little dry. This museum is a fascinating place, though, and it’s interesting to take a walk through the history of Crete via the various artifacts.

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      Celeste Tat

      May 26, 2018

      Thanks so much for your feedback! It’s great to hear you liked it too!

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