Mycenaean Tombs Discovered in Nemea Excavations

New burial monuments were unearthed and studied during the second period of the ongoing excavation in Nemea, which was completed on July 29, according to the Greek Ministry of Culture.

Two chamber tombs have been discovered at the Mycenaean cemetery at Aedonia by a team led by Konstantinos Kissas of the Corinth Antiquities Ephorate and Kim Shelton of the University of California, Berkeley.

One of the tombs, which had been looted in the 1970s, has been dated to between 1350 and 1200 B.C. The other tomb is thought to be a few hundred years older. Burials were found in three pits and on the floor of the second chamber.

One of the pits measured more than 3.5 meters long, and had been covered with large stone slabs. It contained the remains of three people. A second pit contained two more burials, copper arrows, and five knives, two of which had handles decorated with fine gold leaves.

Fragments of two piers, and monumental vases decorated with flowers, were found in the third pit. The burials on the floor were accompanied by simple vases and stone buttons.

The Mycenaean cemetery of Aedonia includes several Late Bronze Age cemeteries dating from the 15th to 13th centuries BC.