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Tholos Tomb at Menidi, August 2012

The Tholos Tomb at Menidi is an impressive example of the impressive Late Helladic tomb type associated with the royal burials of Late Bronze Age mainland Greece.

 

Photography inside the tomb is not permitted, for reasons best known to those making the no photography signs. The guard could not explain why it is forbidden but was also too frail to follow me into the tomb and ensure that the rule was enforced. The floor has been covered with gravel, a hideous and unnecessary light has been installed (hey, can anyone say "lampenflora") and a net has been installed above the lintel to stop pigeons roosting and stones falling.

 

I cannot tell whether there is any curvature on the lintel, perhaps, the next time I visit.

 

The tomb is one of three (arguably four) such tombs in Attika and displays a unique innovation in that the relieving triangle is replaced with the jenga-like grille of lintel stones.

 

The tomb itself is one of the larger examples in Greece and was reasonably unplundered when excavated, at least as far as non-metal objects were concerned. The finds are in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

 

It now sits in the Acharnes municipality in part of Athens hardest hit by the 1999 Mount Parnes earthquake.

 

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Taken on August 30, 2012