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TOMB Γ

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  To the north-west, on the same line as Tomb B, a smaller built cist tomb was uncovered, measuring 2.90 m. long x 2.14 m. wide x 2.28 m. high internally. It is constructed of courses of stone masonry, with a well-dressed inner surface and smooth coat of plaster. At a height of about 1.70 m. above the floor there are traces of a purple and black band, which runs around all four sides of the burial chamber. Two large sections of stone slabs in the interior come from the roof of the tomb, which has collapsed. 

   Within the tomb the marble head of the statue of a bearded man was found, which dates from the early 5th century BC and comes from the tombstone, which was destroyed. Other finds worthy of mention are the fragments of a gold necklace and small sheets of gold. It is clear that the tomb was disturbed and looted in antiquity. It is also clear that, after the tomb had been desecrated, the deceased’s closest relatives or priests placed the head from the tombstone inside the burial chamber.

 Dr Georgia Karamitrou – Mentesidi

 

 

 

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