Archaeological finds indicate that the Ionians settled on Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC. More recent discoveries have uncovered remnants in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic Kares tribe dating back to as far as 3000 BC.
In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Gigantes, and the island was named in honor of Apollo's grandson Mykons. During these ancient times, Mykonos, due to its proximity to the then highly populated island of Delos (situated about 2km away), became very important as a supply island and possibly as a getaway location for Delian citizens.
On Mykonos town there are many museums. The Archaeological museum has a large collection of Roman and Hellenistic carvings, 6th and 7th century BC ceramics, jewellery and gravetones. The Folk museum has a fine collection of ceramics, embroidery and ancient and modern Mykonian textiles. The Maritime museum of the Agean features a collection of model ships from pre-Minoan times to the 19th century, paintings and 5th century BC coins with nautical themes. Also, there is the Municipal Art Gallery which includes an exhibition of works by Mykonian painters.
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