The Beehive Tombs at Mycenae

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The Beehive Tombs

The Excavations at Mycenae

The Trojan War



Edward Dowdell, 1834 drawing of the interior of what Schliemann called the Treasury of Atreus, after a king mentioned by Homer in The Iliad


The Mycenaeans began to use tholos tombs, also called beehive because of their shape, around 1500 BCE. These were large chambers cut into the hillside. The approach to the tomb was a long unroofed passage cut horizontally into the hillside. The stones used to line the tomb were large limestones. The scale of these tombs is enormous. The lintel at the entrance of one of the tombs weighs over 100 tons.

Plan E, “Façade, Plan, and Section of the Treaury Near the Lion's Gate,” Mycenae by Dr. Henry Schliemann, London 1880.

the entrance to the tomb of Atreus



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