ASCE - Tomb 6


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Dimanche, Juin 1, 2008 - Jeudi, Juillet 31, 2008

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Tomb 6 has an interesting history of discovery. Test trenches initially cut in the area of the tomb had found no archaeological features. Two nearby fissures were later investigated by hand which resulted in the conclusion that the fissures were geological features and not signs of a collapsed tomb. In 2008, an excavation team was tasked with reinvestigating the area and the work eventually revealed that the ‘geological fissure’ appeared very similar to the collapsed chamber of other tombs. Removal of shrubbery revealed a cutting of the dromos and it was noted that the earlier test trenches had missed the tomb by only 50 cm. Pottery suggests usage dating from LH IIIA2 to LH IIIB2, although amid the various phases of collapse were minor signs of human activity during the Geometric period. In the chamber, all burials were placed on the original floor which caused difficulties in assessing the exact sequence of events since multiple burials may have been deposited simultaneously. Furthermore, the number of burials does not correspond with the observed openings events, although any given opening may have obliterated evidence for earlier excavation of the dromos. Excavations revealed a minimum of nine individuals. On the chamber floor lay two primary and three secondary burials, crushed and compressed by the collapse of the chamber roof. A bit in the southwest area of the chamber contained four or five secondary burials, among them two adults and two or three children.

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