Agora Deposit: J 7:2
Title:   Chamber Tomb under the Temple of Ares
Category:   Burial
Description:   Mycenaean Chamber Tomb under north side of Temple of Ares, towards its west end.(1951).
The tomb had a hasty and unfinished appearance oddly at variance with its long history and the quality of the pottery found inside. The original dromos ran from west to east and entered the chamber toward the south end of the long west wall. The doorway itself was only 0.80m wide.
The chamber was a small room roughly hewn out of bedrock. It formed an irregular triangle in plan, with the apex to the north: 2.00m wide by 2.85m long. The roof had apparently been a low one, rising just over a meter above the floor. A small niche, 0.50m square and raised 0.25m above the chamber floor, was set in the wall at the southwest corner of the room.
The chamber was approached by a second dromos and door leading in from the northeast. Centered in the northeast wall, this second doorway was only 0.59m. wide, but well cut. The dromos leading to the second door scarcely deserved the name, being stubby and narrow, 1.58m long with a maximum width of 0.75m. The northeast end was rounded, and plunged precipitously 1.05m down from bedrock level with no trace of steps or ramp.
Notes:   See nb. p. 1465 to find grid=7m. east of NW corner of temple.
Bibliography:   Hesperia 24 (1955), pp. 187-219.
    Hesperia 21 (1952), p. 107.
    Agora XIII, pp. 183-190, 274, pls. 39-40, 65-67, 77, 83 (Tomb VII).
Chronology:   1st: Myc IIB-IIA:1-2, 2nd: Myc. IIIC:1 (1450-1200 B.C.)
Date:   23 April-9 May 1951
Section:   Η
References:   Publication: Agora XIII
Publication: Hesperia 21 (1952)
Publication: Hesperia 24 (1955)
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Lot: Η 81
Notebook: Η-8
Notebook: Η-9
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