Saturday, November 28, 2015

Mycenaean Tholos Tomb, Kefalonia

A significant ancient Greek attraction on the island of Kefalonia is the Mycenaean Tholos Tomb, located near the town of Poros. The tomb is built on a sloping, rocky terrace. The top of the dome had collapsed when found. The excavation revealed that it fell during the Venetian rule of the island. As is frequently the case with tholos tombs, it had already been robbed in ancient times. From the surviving grave offerings it may be concluded that it was used for burials from the Mycenaean to the Hellenistic period. 

The various stones and carvings show that there were a number of tombs on this location, resulting in this large tomb. During excavation, bones from 72 people were found. According to some locals this tombs might be the tomb of King Odysseus, who was King of Ithaca, the island next to Kefalonia. According to some when Homer spoke about Ithaca he meant the Kingdom of Ithaca, which was both islands (Kefalonia and Ithaca). Despite not finding any evidence to support this belief, it is an interesting idea, which could be true. 

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