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Mycenaean tomb of Tzanata

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Ionian Islands, Greece.

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This beehive shaped tomb for 70 people was uncovered in 1991, and immediately the speculation started that this was the tomb of Odysseus, of Homer's legend.  

It dates back to the right period, the Mycenaen, and shares features with other royal tombs, and the people of Kefelonia, and others, have long held that this island is the Ithaca Homer was trying to get back to.  At round seven metres in diameter, and with 70 bodies this is also one of the largest tombs of its type ever uncovered.  That many important people are bound to have been buried with some interesting and valuable artefacts, which include royal seals and gold jewellery – including a gold brooch matching a description of Homer's of Odysseus.  

The counter argument is that this royal tomb comes from a much later settlement, dating from around 1400BC These finds at least attest to the fact that there was an important settlement near this spot.  It's still the most important archaeological find on the island, and is well signposted as a place of interest for visitors. 

Written by  Nell Anderson.

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