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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Archaeology News: Archaeological Museum of Ioannina Nominated for EMYA

The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was established in 1977 under the auspices of the European Museum Forum within the framework of the Council of Europe. It was founded by Kenneth Hudson. This year, the coveted nomination has gone to the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina, which is located in Litharitsa Park in the centre of Ioannina, Greece.

The award, which seeks to promote innovative museum practices and quality services to visitors on a national and European level, will be announced in a special ceremony in Penafiel, Portugal, on May 19, 2012.

The Archaeological Museum of Ioannina showcases exhibits with a wide time- span, ranging from the first appearance of humans in Epirus during the Lower Paleolithic era, to late Roman times. In addition, artifacts from the Dodoni sanctuary feature prominently in its collections. If the Ioannina museum wins, it will not be the first time a Greek museum is awarded; the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation - Museum in Nafplio was bestowed the EMYA in 1981 while the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki received the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 2005.

Congratulations to the The Archaeological Museum of Ioannina



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