Marathon Archaeological Museum

Once we had finished a lovely breakfast at the Marathon beach Hotel we were off and running…so to speak. The GPS lady took us on a little wild goose chase around some back roads. But, we are so glad she did as we ‘found’ a wonderful little museum with a fantastic curator, Marileana, who gave us a wonderful tour of the museum and the on site tumulus.
http://ancient-greece.org/images/ancient-sites/marathon/marathon.html
This is a must see museum that houses some of the important artifacts of the ‘battle of Marathon’ a defining moment’ in the history of western civilization.
http://www.gtp.gr/TDirectoryDetails.asp?ID=24897
We then went on to the tumulus of the Athenians a little further down the highway with directions from Marileana. The site is not big and an easy walk through.


http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=15083

Continuing on we also found the site of the Temple dedicated to Nemesis and the fortification near Rhamnous.

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/students/modules/greekreligion/database/clumaf/

Again, well worth the drive and the walk to the site. Wear good shoes and take water as it is about 1 1/2 hours walking without much shade. At the Temple site we met a guide whose job it is to stand there and talk to visitors. She was very informative and knew her stuff! She recommended a walk further down the hill to see the deme which was beautiful. It is the most intact deme [ancient town] in Greece.

A wonderful day filled with ancient sites and great museum finds!

©MTQ

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