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Mycenaean Greece

A brief introduction to diagnostic features and several sites

Burial Practices Resources:

1. Persson, A. W. (1931). The royal tombs at Dendra near Midea. Lund: C.W.K. Gleerup.

The excavations of the royal tombs at Dendra revealed amazing artifacts of the Mycenaean period. This book will include archaeology technical information that may be beyond the knowledge of an average reader; however, it will still convey the important points of both royal and common tombs.

2. Dickinson, O. T. (1979). Dendra. The Cuirass Tomb and other finds at Dendra. I. The chamber tombs. By P. Åström [and others]. (Studies in Mediterranean archaeology, 4.) Göteborg: Åström. 1977. Pp. 147, 32 plates, 149 text figs. Sw. kr. 100. The Journal of Hellenic Studies,99, 203. doi:10.2307/630697

A significantly more technical and advanced study of Mycenaean burials and grave goods. After reading one of the general religion resources and the above source, this will be excellent to provide further details.

Burial Practices Images

Treasury of Atreus Cross Section
Treasury of Atreus Exterior
Treasury of Atreus Interior
Mycenaean Chamber Tomb Plan
Examples of simple Cist Graves

Burial Practices Summary:

The Mycenaeans believed in a physical afterlife, which is evident through their treatment of the dead. In the early phases of the Late Helladic single inhumations in pits or cist graves was widespread. These burials often contained a small amounts of jewelry and pottery. Elite grave groups were occasionally covered in a tumulus while other elite and royal burials were in shaft graves (Mycenae: Grave circle A and B). Later these early burial types still appear; however, chamber tombs become more popular. For elites and royalty tholos tombs, often monumental, are popular.