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A Mycenaean chamber tomb was discovered in Salamis

On 24 and 25 April 2017, in the center of Salamis, a chamber tomb belonging to a Mycenaean cemetery was investigated by the Archaeological Service of West Attica, Piraeus and Islands of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Clusters of the same cemetery have been excavated in 1964, 1992 and 2009. They revealed( then) two chambers of the same tombstones as the present.



The tomb chamber, carved in the natural rock of the area, was discovered during excavation works to connect an adjacent house with the main drainage duct of the city.
It is a chamber of 2.60m x 2.90m and height of 1.50m. at its highest point. Due to the existence of rich freshwater springs in this part of the city, the void of the chamber was flooded with water, which was pumped by mechanical means to conduct the investigation.
Mycenean chamber tomb with grave goods dating to the 13th-12th centuries BCE has been discovered on the island of Salamina.

Approximately 40 intact vases were discovered, with a very good state of preservation of their written decoration and about 10 fragments, as well as skeletal material of at least five people.
The grave from a first estimate was used from the second half of the 13th to the first half of the 12th century BC.

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