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Kakovatos

The area of Kakovatos is an important Mycenaean site where chamber tombs and fortified settlements were excavated, northeast of today’s village of Kakovatos.

The remains were originally built on a hill from where one can see the entire valley of Zaharo. The tombs are in bad condition, though compare to the tombs in Argolida and Messinia (Atrea, Aigisthos, Peristeria). Although the tombs have been desecrated, enough objects were found that allude to the power, wealth and happiness of the residents during that era. These finds include a large amphora with sea and plant themes (Argonauts, octopus, papyrus plant, ivy plant) which were influenced by the Minoans in  Crete. They also included bronze swords, combs, ivory pellets, gold objects and stone vessels, and artefacts made from amber which seem to be imported from far away Baltic lands.

The settlement itself was fortified with a powerful wall. On the inside there were many houses and a building of large dimensions. Countless earthenware was also found, along with dried fruit.

 

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