Grave Circle A, Mycenae

Grave Circle A, Mycenae

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Grave Circle A in Mycenae is a 16th century BC royal cemetery situated on the southeast of the Lion Gate, the main entrance of the Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae, southern Greece. The site was initially constructed outside the fortification walls of Mycenae, but was ultimately enclosed in the acropolis when the fortifications were extended during the 13th century BC. Grave Circle A, as well as Grave Circle B, the latter found outside the walls of Mycenae, represent one of the major characteristics of the early phase of the Mycenaean civilization. The site has a diameter of 27.5 m (90 ft) and contains six shaft graves, where a total of nineteen bodies were buried. Over each grave a mound was constructed and funeral stelae were erected. Among the objects found were a series of gold death masks, additionally on the side of the deceased were full sets of weapons, ornate staffs as well as gold and silver cups. The site was excavated by the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1876, following the descriptions of Homer and Pausanias. One of the gold masks he unearthed became known as the "The Death Mask of Agamemnon," ruler of Mycenae according to Greek mythology.show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 186g
  • Bellum Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135741861
  • 9786135741865