Palaepaphos-Skales Tomb 277. More prestigious burials

2019-11-07

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Palaepaphos-Skales Tomb 277. More prestigious burials. With an appendix by Maria A. Socratous

By Vassos Karageorghis (The Cyprus Institute) & Efstathios Raptou (Cyprus Museum)

Abstract

Tomb 277 in the Skales cemetery at Palaepaphos, excavated by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities, is among the richest ever found in the south-west of the island. It dates to the Cypro-Geometric III period (c. 900–750 BC) and was used for multiple burials of important members of the Palaepaphian society, namely warriors and important women (priestesses of the Great Goddess?) judging from the abundant offerings of arms and armour as well as gold jewellery respectively (including gold plaques embossed with the head of the Egyptian goddess Hathor). Notable among the offerings are two bronze basins, six small hemispherical bronze bowls, two bronze mace-heads (symbols of authority), a bronze shield of a rare type, and two richly decorated belts of oriental type. We also mention two iron swords and a bronze spearhead. Among the pottery we note the high percentage of Phoenician imports. Both inhumations and a cremation burial were observed in the tomb.

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Bibliographical information

Vassos Karageorghis & Efstathios Raptou, ’Palaepaphos-Skales Tomb 277. More prestigious burials. With an appendix by Maria A. Socratous’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 12, Stockholm 2019, 327–367. ISSN: 2000-0898. ISBN: 978-91-977799-1-3. https://doi.org/10.30549/opathrom-12-11

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