Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2014

30 December 2014

Vravron. The Mycenaean Cemetery

Thanasis I. Papadopoulos & Litsa Kontorli-Papadopoulou

Vravron. The Mycenaean Cemetery

City: Uppsala

Year: 2014

Publisher: Åströms Förlag

Series: Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 142

Description: Hardback, 284 p., 326 figures, 100 b/w & 4 colour plates, 30x21.5 cm


Since 1893 excavations by six different archaeologists at Vravron on the east coast of Attica have uncovered 37 Mycenaean tombs. The excavations, carried out by Stais (1893), Theochares and Papadimitriou (1955–1956), Verdelis (1965–1966), Themelis (1972–1973) and Kakavoyanni (1984), were not fully published and not all were well documented. This volume is the result of extensive archival research in the Museum of Vravron, the National Museum of Athens, the Archaeological Society of Athens and the excavation diaries and preliminary reports. The authors present a thorough description of the tombs and their contents and detailed discussions of the pottery, figurines, metal and other finds. Despite some loss of detail regarding the location, architecture and context of recovery of many tombs, the documentation and publication of these assemblages are valuable in their own right. The richly illustrated volume includes line drawings of over 300 pottery vessels and other objects, as well as 100 black and white and four colour plates.


Contents [iii]
List of figures [vii]
List of plates [xv]
Abbreviations [xix]
Preface [xxi]

1. Introduction [1]

2. The site and its investigation [5]

2.1 The prehistoric acropolis [5]
2.2 The Mycenaean cemetery [5]

3. The tombs and their contents [9]

3.1 The excavations of I. Papadimitriou (1955–1956) [9]
3.2 The excavations of N. Verdelis (1965–1966) [34]
3.3 The excavations of P. Themelis (1972–1973) [47]
3.4 The excavations of O. Kakavoyanni (1984) [109]
3.5 The excavations of V. Stais (1893) [114]

4. Tomb types and architecture [117]

5. Burial customs [121]

6. Pottery [123]

6.1 Fabric and technique [123]
6.2 Decoration [124]
6.3 Typology [124]

7. Figurines [149]

8. Metal objects [151]

9. Miscellaneous objects [157]

10. Review and conclusions [161]

Bibliography [165]
Concordance [171]
Colour plates [181]
Plates [185]


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