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Mycenaean-era tomb, the size of a small house, discovered in central Greece

This is the first major discovery of the joint five-year excavation project between Greece’s Culture Ministry, the British School at Athens (BSA) and Cambridge

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Archaeologists working at the site in Orchomenos, Viotia, central Greece. Photo: Greek Ministry of Culture

14 September 2017

Archaeologists discovered an undisturbed Mycenaean-era tomb, one of the biggest of its type, in the south-central town of Orchomenos.

The chamber-like tomb, which is reported to be the size of a small house is believed to be the house of a Bronze Age nobleman, with a fondness for jewelry, given that it contained pottery vessels sheathed in tin, bronze horse bits, jewelry, bow fittings and arrowheads.

The discovery, a result of the joint excavation led by the Culture Ministry of Greece and the British School at Athens and Cambridge, is the ninth biggest discovery of its kind, among the 4,000 engraved tombs discovered in the past 150 years.

The ministry said in a statement Monday that the 42-square-meter tomb is believed to have only used once, which is a rarity, considering that most such tombs were reused over many years, during which older objects were jumbled up or pilfered.

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