Examples of the historically priceless objects inside the closed museum will be added progressively.
It’s not just about objects in isolation but how such hand-crafted artefacts speak to us from those who walked the island over the last 7000+ years.
Connecting with the past is just as much about our current identity – who we are today and where we come from.
Where Do We Come From? from KRG-TV on Vimeo.
This 7,200 year‐old Neolithic bowl is an object that extended known Kytherian human history by an additional 2,000 years than previously known. What were these Kytherians like over seven millennia ago? It’s a question relating to humanity, rather than just archaeology. It's now locked away in the 'closed' Kytherian museum - not available for those making a pilgrimage to the island at least once in their lifetime, to see.
This life size marble lion is dated to the second half of the 6th century BC. The lion was transported (most likely from Paleokastro) during the Venetian period to the Castle of Kythera, from where it was stolen in 1941, by a German major stationed on the island. It was located in Germany in around 1960 by Professor Yiorgi Kassimatis, when it returned to Greece, to the National Archaeological Museum with the catalogue number 5255. It returned to Kythera in 1985. It's now imprisoned in a closed museum.
This 2,300 year‐old clay writing tablet was used by a Greek student (a bit like paper) when learning how to write the Hellenic language in Kythera approximately 2,300 years ago. Some might ask how Kytherians can prove that they’re Hellenes. Here is hard proof of the language being used in Kythera more than 2,000 years ago.