The Ancient Cemetery of the island, located in the coastal road of Parikia, in front of Paros’s harbour, dates back to the 8th cent. B.C. and it is one of the most important cemeteries of Cyclades.
Its use, according to the findings, is estimated between the 8th and the 3rd century B.C., while there have been discovered various burials from different time periods. Among them, due to the high mortality rate of children in antiquity, there have been found child graves, mainly in cist graves, in vases or in marble sarcophagi, while most graves belong to the second half of the 7th cent. B.C.
The archaeological research has brought to light a rectangular construction, which dates back to the 8th cent. B.C. and contained cremation remains, mass graves from the 5th cent. B.C., a headstone from the 5th cent. B.C. as well with the inscription NIKO (the name of the dead woman), marble sarcophagi with covers which date back to the late Roman period, etc.