Archaeological Museum, the hidden gem of Leros
If you deside to visit the archaeological museum of our island, you will get to see stone utensils, tools, mostly unpurified pottery, jars, vases and utensils of daily use, from the prehistoric settlement of Kontarida, the first known installation of people during the final Neolithic period (3500-2800 B.C.) outside of the caves.
The museum is located at the neoclassical building of the former Urban School of Leros, which was built in 1882 by the “Brotherhood of the Lerian in Egypt “. Although someone might say that the museum is small, you will be pleasantly surprised with its rare findings, elegance and functionality.
Historical diagrams and collections regarding the geographic location of the island, archaeological findings from various prehistoric locations, the passage through historical eras and the political connection with Miletus, as well as representative pottery species from the geometric and Roman period are some of the elements that the visitor will see in the showcases of the museum.
Among the findings, there are exceptional style clay masks of Dionysus, a female bust, which was dedicated probably to Ariadne and the figurine of a man taking part at a symposion (4th-3rd century B.C.). You should not miss the important thematic section regarding the established worship and sanctuaries, where the statuette of the goddess of Health stands and the references to burial customs, sepulchral monuments and funerary offerings.
At the end of the museum, you can see in a special showcase in photographic reprint three of the most important documents of the medieval history of the island, including the Golden Bull of Alexios I of Komninos family.