Mycenaean chamber tomb

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Treasury of Atreus, a 13th century BC Mycenaean, royal tholos, "beehive" chamber tomb in Mycenae, Greece
Mycenaean lion tholos chamber tomb
Cross-section interior diagram of the dome shape of the Treasury of Atreus tolos beehive type Mycenaean chamber tomb
Interior dome of the Mycenaean tholos chamber tomb
Mycenaean chamber tombs in Lakithra, Mycenae, Greece

The Mycenaean chamber tomb is the type of chamber tomb that was built by ancient Mycenaeans. This form of mortuary architecture was in use in the Late Bronze Age in the areas under the cultural influence of the Aegean.

The tombs are cut from rock and have a tripartite structure (chamber, stomion and dromos), often with additional niches and side chambers in which primary or secondary burials took place. Extensive cemeteries have been found in every part of Greece having Mycenaean influences, including the islands. Such tombs were also built in parts of ancient Anatolia. For about 500 years from 1600 BC to 1100 BC they were the most widespread of mortuary structures.

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