Today FLIK organised a guided tour of the tombs at Tzannata which is a really timely event as next Wednesday (12 February) the Mayor of Argostoli, Deputy Mayor of Ionian Islands and local MP for Kefalonia and Ithaca are holding a meeting to discuss how the tombs can be improved including consideration of improved visitors car parking, visitor centre and improved access.
As you can see from today’s pictures this is an interesting site that will surely be a great investment for the island that can attract many more visitors.
Further details on this important and historic tomb for those interested
Specimens of small artifacts and a ceramic indication of the period of use of the monument were preserved, which was allegedly erected around 1350 BC. in place of another smaller diameter again vaulted tomb. The tomb appears to be used both during the post-colonial times and the transition to the Early Iron Age. In historical times there is evidence of ancestor worship, which is also true for other monuments of this category in Greece. The monument collapsed during the Venetian occupation.
The tomb presents the typical features of its architectural type (dome, orifice and road). It has a diameter of 6.8m and a maximum height of 3.95m. It is the largest tomb known to date in the Ionian Sea. Burials – inside the dome – were made in built pockets, with the only difference being a pit grave at a depth of 4m. The orifice is kept intact with a length of 3.35 m, width 1 and height 1.9 m. Perimeter of the tomb, in D., B. and A., has been revealed a stone-built enclosure, whose actual functional destination remains to be investigated.
The erection of this burial monument is linked to the emergence and further empowerment of a local elite in the southern part of Kefalonia. Relations with the mainland are unmistakable. The development of a center is of particular interest in this southern part of Kefalonia, especially if associated with a vaulted tomb in the Mavrata area, but also in other places where vaulted tombs in Kefalonia (Mazarakata, Riza Alafonas) came to light, unfortunately lost to us today.
It is worth noting that another tomb was excavated near the tomb, described as a built, four-sided chamber tomb, which is unusual for Kefalonia. He found a large number of skeletons, 73 the number. Its use as a vault exclusively of the adjacent vault is questioned because of the large number of skeletons and the lime layer that sealed the whole, and its construction and use in an emergency is not excluded.
source – FB post of Lynn Dack, odysseus.culture.gr