Glass vessels

Museum of Byzantine Culture possesses approximately 1300 registered intact and fragmented glass vessels. They were unearthed in various excavations conducted by the Archaeological Service in Northern Greece and they cover a quite wide period of time. They are dated from the Late Classical period (4th c. B.C.) up to the 20th c. A.D., although the vast majority are dated to the late Roman – Early Byzantine period (3rd-6th c. A.D.).

In addition, this collection comprised fragments of very rare Middle Byzantine vessels Furthermore, the collection comprises a significant number of vessels, mostly imports from Venice and the Caliphates which are dated to the Paleologan period (13th-15th c.) and the Early Ottoman period (15th-16th c.). Finally, -in addition to the vessels-  a great number of window glass fragments, from Early Christian buildings are included to the collection. It is a very important collection both due to the typological and chronological variety of its content. In addition, the fact that they are provenanced, unearthed in organized excavations, permits a more reliable dating and the incorporation of these artifacts in their commercial and social context.