The Mycenean dome grave of Galatas

Was here the dome grave of Theseus?

A prehistoric sacrificial altar in a circle
A prehistoric sacrificial altar in a circle
Probably the oldest dome grave at the Maghoula hill
Probably the oldest dome grave at the Maghoula hill
The entrance area to the big dome grave
The entrance area to the big dome grave

About 12 years ago the local historian Stavros Kouvaris discovered a striking stone block in an olive grove. The location on a hill reminded him well at the archaeological site of Mycenae and so he reported the discovery to the Greek archaeologist Eleni Konstolakis-Jiannopoulou. She began to dig there and discovered a large, well-built dome grave dating from about 1400-1200 BC. The finds from there are now  displayed at the Museum of Poros. About 50 m south of it, she discovered a probably older dome grave and a prehistoric sacrificial altar in a circle. Also interesting is a peak plateau near the tombs with an ancient settlement.

Photos of the excavation site

The entrance gate to the burial mound with the largest Mycenaean dome tomb. (c) Tobias Schorr
The entrance gate to the burial mound with the largest Mycenaean dome tomb. (c) Tobias Schorr
The Dromos to the great dome tomb by Galatas (c) Tobias Schorr
The Dromos to the great dome tomb by Galatas (c) Tobias Schorr
The entrance to the large dome grave is provisionally "protected" (c) Tobias Schorr
The entrance to the large dome grave is provisionally "protected" (c) Tobias Schorr
View to the north over the large dome grave (c) Tobias Schorr
View to the north over the large dome grave (c) Tobias Schorr
The smaller, older (?) Dome grave (c) Tobias Schorr
The smaller, older (?) Dome grave (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial view of the circular sanctuary or dome tomb (?) (C) Tobias Schorr
Aerial view of the circular sanctuary or dome tomb (?) (C) Tobias Schorr
This circular square belonged to a dome tomb or a sacrificial shrine. (c) Tobias Schorr
This circular square belonged to a dome tomb or a sacrificial shrine. (c) Tobias Schorr
Sunrise over Kalavria / Poros (c) Tobias Schorr
Sunrise over Kalavria / Poros (c) Tobias Schorr
Sunrise over Kalavria / Poros (c) Tobias Schorr
Sunrise over Kalavria / Poros (c) Tobias Schorr
Sunrise and Acropolis by Galata (c) Tobias Schorr
Sunrise and Acropolis by Galata (c) Tobias Schorr
The Acropolis of Galatas in the morning (c) Tobias Schorr
The Acropolis of Galatas in the morning (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial view of the Acropolis of Galatas (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial view of the Acropolis of Galatas (c) Tobias Schorr