Monday, October 29, 2012
University of Udine, headed by Professor Elizabeth Borgna, has discovered a Mycenaean necropolis at the ancient settlement of Trapezá near Aigio, a coastal town 50 miles west of Ancient Corinth. The excavated two chamber-like burials are almost 3,500 years old, since they date back to circa 1600 BC and were literally carved into the rocky slopes of the hill.
The team has also unearthed a set of ceramic vases, lavishly decorated and perfectly preserved. The research carried out helped archaeologists understand the origin of the worship celebrated at Trapezá, a plateau on top of the hill, hence the name (in Greek /τράπεζα/ means "table"). On the hill, there are also the remains of a large monumental temple which dates back to 500 BC, and is thought to be linked to the Achaen city of Rhypes.
"We knew of the existence of Mycenaean necropolis, explains Borgna, Professor of Archaeology - by a series of accidental discoveries and citations in the archaeological literature.[…]The pottery found in the necropolis testifies to the presence of an elite class, since the pots were produced by specialized craftsmen able to create elaborate ceramics."