ASCE - Tomb 5

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Friday, June 1, 2007 to Friday, August 31, 2007

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Tomb 5 was excavated from June 28 to August 3, 2007 after its presence was initially suggested by geophysical work and test trenches carried out in 2006. The dromos was well preserved and its excavation provided excellent stratigraphic data suggesting four phases of stomion blocking. Excavation of the chamber was more challenging as the roof had collapsed and the chamber itself had been re-shaped in antiquity. Excavation suggests a complex sequence of construction and re-use which culminated with at least five burials, although evidence for the earliest phases of use were likely cleared out during later inhumations. Following the initial collapse of the chamber, a pit burial was added which involved the extension of the chamber to the west. Preliminary analysis of the pottery from the chamber suggests a date range of LH IIIA2 to LH IIIB. Subsequent activity is possible although this did not result in the deposition of further material.