Mycenean Tanagra



Survey of the area surrounding the modern village of Tanagra sought to provide context for several known centers: the Mycenaean tombs at the locations of Dendron and Gephyra to the east of the village, the kastro located on the peak to the south-west, and the medieval tower to the north-west. We located several of the chamber tombs excavated in the 1960s and 1970s, which contained the famous painted larnakes, as well as indications of settlement remains. The cemeteries are composed primarily of groups of chamber tombs, roughly hewn spaces cut into the natural bedrock.


Impressive surface ceramics that were collected in 2008 in the vicinity of the tombs clearly date to the Mycenaean period, including material that predates the main phase of tomb deposition in LH III.