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Tomb 3 (Tombs of the Kings)

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Ariel Cooper, Matthew Redford Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Sep 27, 2022 04:26 PM History
Tomb 3 is a rock-cut tomb with a peristyle courtyard in the "Tombs of the Kings" necropolis of Nea Paphos.

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Tomb 3 is located in the "Tombs of the Kings" necropolis of Nea Paphos. Tomb 3 is recognizable for its well-preserved peristyle atrium, surrounded by Doric columns, with several tomb complexes branching out from it. The eastern side of the tomb was first excavated in 1977, which revealed a number of mostly plundered pit-shaped tombs, including several tombs intended for young children. A subsequent excavation of the western side in 1989 found more of these pit-shaped tombs, as well as evidence of a drainage system. Both of these excavations yielded Hellenistic era pottery and coinage, meaning these tombs were in use between the 3rd and 1st centuries BCE. This tomb is now recognized as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and much of the destroyed or damaged architecture has been restored using materials from elsewhere in the necropolis.

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Ariel Cooper, Matthew Redford, Thomas Landvatter, and Tom Elliott, 'Tomb 3 (Tombs of the Kings): a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2022 <> [accessed: 04 December 2023]

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