Kerameikos was the potters' quarter of the city, from which the English word 'ceramic' is derived, and was also the site of an important cemetery and numerous funerary sculptures erected along the road out of the city towards Eleusis.

The earliest tombs at the Kerameikos date from the Early Bronze Age (2700-2000 BC), and the cemetery appears to have continuously expanded from the sub-Mycenaean period (1100-1000 BC). In the Geometric (1000-700 BC) and Archaic periods (700-480 BC) the number of tombs increased; they were arranged inside tumuli or marked by funerary monuments. The cemetery was used incessantly from the Hellenistic period until the Early Christian period (338 BC until approximately the sixth century AD).

The most important Athenian vases come from the tombs of the Kerameikos. Among them is the famous “Dipylon Oinochoe”, which bears the earliest inscription written in the Greek alphabet (second half of the eighth century BC). The site's small museum houses the finds from the Kerameikos excavations.

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Founded: 2700 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greece

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Childof Thoth85 (4 months ago)
Part of the combination ticket. A really good walk in the sunshine with tortoises roaming about. The sculptures and graves really are beautiful.
herm dig (4 months ago)
One of the least visited of the 7 archaeological sites that the 30€ combined ticket will get you into but very interesting nonetheless especially as it has a superb museum displaying artefacts found on the site and nearby. What makes this place interesting is it was a cemetery but one that was on a route so travellers passed by tombs and monuments to perpetuate the memory of the dead. The most delicately carved monuments have been taken into the museum for safe keeping and here you can study them closely with the help of detailed information panels which helps enormously in explaining the significance of the sculpture. After the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora this is the next must see site.
Dimitri Kagkos (6 months ago)
If you have the chance don’t miss it, but best with a guide or an e-guide. It a beautiful walk in the archeological site, not extremely tiring. Watch out for the tortoises.
Roger “Darklantern” Lante (6 months ago)
The best site to walk through. It is the one that makes the most sense, you walk on the same ground as the ancients. Great view of acropolis as well.
Miklós Nagy (7 months ago)
It is an exciting experience to walk among the old ruins and statues. The plants are apparently well taken care of. It was full of turtles a few years ago, now there are far fewer of them, but we can find a lot of cats. The area lies deeper than its surroundings, as a small tranquil island.
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