Very important vaulted tombs discovered close by in Messenia on the Peloponnese (photos)

 Two very important but completely unknown vaulted tombs brought to light the archaeological excavation in Messinia, outside the Palace of Nestor and very close to the famous tomb – the so-called “Grffin Warrior”, discovered five years ago.

The findings came to light at a juncture, since the excavation of the place where it was discovered had never been in the planning of the excavation. 

As he said today – during the presentation of the results of the excavation period 2018-19, the Minister of Culture and Sports’ the results so far show that the grave of Gripa Warrior is not alone and accidental, but that it is a whole that constitutes a cemetery. “

These are two cell-like burial monuments called Vaulted Tombs VI and VII.

The roads of the Vaulted Tombs IV and VII of 2019 are parallel to those of the Vaulted Upper IV of Ano Englianos discovered a few years ago by archaeologist Carl Blegen. 

All three vaulted tombs could have been used when the Gripas-Warrior died, which raises an important question: Why was he buried separately from the others alone?

In relation to earlier discoveries, the dating of the new tombs seems clear. The Vaulted Tomb IV discovered by Blegen appears to have been first built and probably served as a magnet for later graves. However, both the new vaulted tombs and the Grumpy Warrior Tomb were built later, in the 15th century BC, during the Late Helladic Period.

The large rooms of the chambers of the two tombs had remained immaculate from antiquity, as they were protected by about forty thousand stone-sized watermelons sliding inside when their dome collapsed.

In both tombs, however, according to the Mycenaean custom of being buried in repeatedly used tombs, the remains of the former burials were set aside at regular intervals while the offerings that accompanied them were recycled and occasionally returned to the world of the living.

Among the most exciting new finds include a gold ring, which depicts two cattle flanked by barley crops, as recognized by Tania Valamoti, Professor of History and Archeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and a gold pendant depicting Aphaeus. This discovery is of particular interest given its role in Egypt as the protector of the dead.

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