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Late Minoan Cemetery outside Armenoi, interior of large tomb, September 2011

The Late Minoan Cemetery of Armenoi, near Rethymnon in Crete, has been the subject of research for a while now. It has revealed the whereabouts of well more than 200 tombs most of which have been excavated to reveal the remains of over 500 individuals. The finds are at the Rethymnon Archaeological Musuem and show a predominantly Late Bronze Age use.

 

Most tombs are small although one or two stand out for size and opulence.

 

I first came across the site back in the late nineties with the "Minoans and Mycenaeans Flavours of their Time" exhibition at the National Archaeological Museum as a lot of the skeletal material from here had been put through the mass spectrometers, etc. to reveal that the men and women buried here had very different diets, as far as sources of protein are concerned.

 

A few years later I drove past out of hours, and finally in 2011 I visited, although in far from ideal conditions. A brief visit, therefore.

 

The tomb in the image is the largest tomb in the cemetery and of the most opulent. As well as being larger longer, etc., it also had a carved bench inside.

 

Shot on a Nikon D3100 with the kit lens as per EXIF.

 

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Taken on September 3, 2011