Thursday 15 September 2011

Mycenean Cemetery reveals itself!

A Mycenaean cemetery of the 14th c. B.C. revealed itself after a heavy rainfall in the Peloponnese, 10 km NW of Leonidion, near the village of Vaskina (Βασκίνα). It contained five graves.

When the archaeologists of the 38th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities proceeded with an excavation of the site they found the five cist-shaped graves, in which more than one dead had been buried.

According to a declaration made by the head of the Ephorate, mrs Karapanagiotou, the locals discovered the outlines of the graves that had been uncovered by the rain and immediately informed the Archaeological service.

Ceramic banqueting vessels of the kind usually found in graves, stone weaving weights and a bronze pin were among the offerings that accompanied the dead.

However a cemetery signifies a settlement, which has yet to be discovered, but was obviously one of the many that flourished in the Peloponnese during the Mycenaean period.


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