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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-07-29

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Irrigation project reveals unsullied tholos tomb, the first in Fokis prefecture

  • [01] Irrigation project reveals unsullied tholos tomb, the first in Fokis prefecture

    ANA-MPA -- A tholos tomb dated to the Late Bronze Age, was uncovered during near Amfissa, in central Greece, during work on a project to provide irrigation for the region's protected and historic olive grove valley near Delphi.

    The tomb is typical of tholos or beehive tombs, with a long corridor of built sides (9 metres long), a recessed entrance and a burial chamber with a maximum internal diameter of 5.90 metres. The upper register of the tomb, of undressed stone, has collapsed but the tomb walls have survived to 3 metres in height.

    The site appears mostly unlooted, while objects found on the floor indicate it was used from the 14th down to the 12th centuries BC. Findings include 44 inscribed pots, two broken bronze statues, gold rings, bronze buttons, pieces of semiprecious stones, two short bronze swords, statuettes of female or animal forms, and a large number of seal stones with animal, plant and geometric motifs.

    The tholos is a unique monument, the first found in the prefecture of Fokida and one of the few found in mainland Greece; the best-known examples are found in the Peloponnese. Its study is expected to reveal important information about settlements in the area during the Mycenaean period and the historic evolution of the greater area, which includes the Delphi oracle.

    [File photo showing the best-known example of a Mycenaean tholos/beehive tomb, that of Atreus in Mycenae. ANA-MPA/Symela Pantzartzi]


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