The Ancient Cemetery of Parikia in Paros Greece, Cyclades: The ancient cemetery of Paros is located close to the modern port of Parikia and it is one of the most important ancient cemeteries of Cyclades. Archaeological evidence shows that it was in use from the 8th century BC till the 3rd century AD, which is a very long period actually. There are walls dividing the cemetery and the ancient town.
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Back in antiquity, the mortality rate of children was high and most of the burials were made in huge marble vases or in stone structures in some cases. The largest number of graves belongs to the second half of the 7th century B.C. Excavations revealed many amphorae and a 3m high mass grave with a headstone from the archaic times, which probably marked an important an important military event.
At the western part of the cemetery, several marble sarcophagi were discovered dating from the post-Roman period and placed over some marble abutments. These sarcophagi were considered characteristic of Paros Island, while similar were also found in Thassos, which was actually a colony of Paros. These sarcophagi are today displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Paros.
This ancient cemetery was greatly extended and reached the present Church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani. Excavation works were very difficult for the archaeologists who had to encounter a marshy area with deep-rooted plants. They actually had to drain out the water by using high-velocity water-pumps. Excavations on this site started in 1983 when the municipality of Paros ordered to start works for the construction of a cultural center close to the port.
How to get there
The Ancient Cemetery is located in the village of Parikia, just a 7-minute walk away from the bus station and 7 minutes from a parking lot.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 4540 556, 0030 694 4668 331, 0030 699 9450 800 or book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car with as little as 14 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Ancient Cemetery and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at the main port of Paros (Parikia). There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.