Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


28 January 2013

Mycenae revisited. Part 4: Assessing the new data

O.T.P.K. Dickinson, Lena Papazoglou-Manioudaki, Argyro Nafplioti & A.J.N.W. Prag Annual of the British School at Athens 107 (2012): 161-188.


This is the fourth and final part of the series inspired by the rediscovery in 2003 of two skeletons excavated in 1877 in Shaft Grave VI in Circle A at Mycenae by Panayiotis Stamatakis. The contribution of Stamatakis to the excavations, the discrepancies between his unpublished reports to the Archaeological Society and Schliemann’s account, and the reliability of that account, are discussed. This is followed by a survey of what can now be said about Grave Circle A, following the restudy of the surviving bones from Graves III–VI and the publication of various details of the arrangement in the graves reported by Stamatakis, and by a final somewhat speculative discussion of what the graves contribute to the study of the development of Mycenae at the time of its rapid rise to prominence and the accompanying major changes in the structure of society, at Mycenae and elsewhere on the Greek mainland.


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