Entrance of a house:
The central exhibition space has been reserved for the simulation of a classical/hellenistic style household in Ambracia. In this simulation one can walk through and look at the exhibits as they would have been arranged within a household. One enters the room stepping past a glass door where original iron nails, decorated with copper nail covers, a knocker and a doorknob have been fixed in order to simulate a double door. The visitor then proceeds over the actual threshold of an ancient residence. Stepping on the threshold of a house still has a special social significance, so it has been displayed in a way that makes the visitor really feel that.
At the left there is another display on the floor, with a sample of what an egkanio would have looked like. Before building a house, the citizens of Ambracia would place in a small pit miniature vessels- or more rarely actual ones if they were well-off-, along with figurines and furniture models. Then libations would be offered at the spot and the sacrifice of a small animal or bird would follow. The pit would be then sealed under the floor.
The ritual of egkainio first appears in the 6th century B.C and it seems to have been practiced up until 3rd century B.C. Just like in modern day foundation ceremonies, the goal is to propitiate the Gods, ensuring the well being of the house.