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Kato Phournos Tomb

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Alexa Frazey, Julia Doncaster Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Aug 28, 2020 07:41 PM History
The Kato Phournos Tomb is one of the nine tholos, or "beehive", tombs found around the acropolis of Mycenae. It is thought to have been constructed between 1460 and 1400 BC.

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The Kato Phournos Tomb is located just outside the walls of the citadel of Mycenae. This tomb is one of nine tholos tombs built by the inhabitants of the site, probably for the most important members of their society. The Kato Phournos Tomb was built between 1460 and 1400 BC and was excavated by Christos Tsountas during the 1890s. Alan Wace later divided the nine tholos tombs into groups according to their date: in this schema, the Kato Phournos Tomb belongs to the second group along with the Panagia Tomb and the Lion Tomb. Like all the tholos tombs, the Kato Phournos Tomb was robbed in antiquity, leaving no clues as to the identity of its original occupants. The tomb itself is poorly preserved, at least when compared to the fully intact Treasury of Atreus.

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Alexa Frazey, Julia Doncaster, Kayne Khoury, Jeffrey Becker, Tom Elliott, Adam Rabinowitz, and Carlos Martinez, 'Kato Phournos Tomb: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 03 March 2024]

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