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Dig to meet the Minoans

Excavation simulation in Crete

The educational program of the simulated archaeological excavation gives the opportunity to experience the scientific excavation process, documentation and management of the archaeological finds and understand how archaeologists gradually reconstruct the past, based on the findings and their contexts.

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.


Ideal for families with children from 4 years old

Period of operation: Throughout the year

Duration: 2 hours