The Tholos Tomb form, θολωτός τάφος, is a very specific funerary structure with a built chamber.
So, setting aside all the crazy where was ancient Lakedaimon and this was Menelaos’ palace stuff, let’s get on to discuss the cemetery itself.
As you can see from the image above, the cemetery is signposted and fenced in standard fashion, with the cheeky hole (πονηρή τρυπούλα) to the right of the main entrance (if I am not mistaken). Following the ridge to the right takes the visitor above the main tombs, the largest one of which has been covered with a rather funny octagonal pagoda structure.
|Octagonal pagoda, over the Large, so called Royal Tomb, at the Pellana LH chamber tomb cemetery|
|One of the tombs, from above, showing burial pits|
|The large, so called Royal Tomb, at Pellana|
|Bedrock stripes on the dromos of the large Chamber Tomb|
For the rest of the road trip, click:
|2011 Peloponnesian road trip|