About Callatis Archaeology Museum Mangalia
The Callatis Archaeology Museum in Mangalia is a cultural public institution, put in the community’s service, which collects, preserves, researches, restores, communicates and exhibits with the purposes of learning, educating and remaking, palpable and spiritual evidence of the existence and evolution of human communities in the Mangalia area, during the Neolithic, Greek, Roman and Roman-Byzantine periods.
The museum offers its visitors a varied cultural experience, beginning with the museum’s exhibitions and ending with the archaeological monuments located in the Mangalia area.
The main exhibition of the museum gathers numerous architectonic fragments (columns, column heads, architraves, friezes with metopes, cornices withbucrania etc.), ceramic pots (amphorae, hydriai, kantharos, lekythoi), oil lamps, aqueducts, Tanagra statuettes, glass vessels, funerary stars, epigraphs,representations of deities, adornments, jewelry, coins, metal items etc.
At the museum’s entrance, visitors can observe the famous papyrus tomb, dating from the 4th century BC, analyzed in 1959, restored and preserved in the permanent exhibition of the museum. The tomb was covered with three tombstones and inside was discovered a papyrus with Greek writings. The papyrus is the oldest document in our country. The tomb was surrounded with a stone ring, which can still be seen.
The museum’s main exhibition also preserves two other tombs, dating from the same period.