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Protohelladic tombs area of Marathon

The Early-Helladic cemetery (3000-2300 BC) includes graves in rectangular and circular shapes.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1933 The excavation of the Tomb in Arnos began and completed 2 years later.

    2004 The roof for the middle- Helladic tombs was constructed.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Approximately 2.5 km from the Archaeological Museum of Marathon, at the site of Tsepi, is the Early-Helladic cemetery (3000-2300 BC), which includes graves in rectangular and circular shapes. Also, the dead were placed in contracted position. The shape of the space allows for a circular and panoramic view of the cemetery. At the Vranas site, there are conical-shaped Middle–Helladic tombs (2000-1300 BC), three of which are under a modern roof, and four outside. Of particular interest is the Mycenaean tomb (13th century BC) in the Arnos area. It has a diameter of 7m and is 6.2m. high, and it contains two shaft tombs within, probably already looted since antiquity.


What I can't see

Studies of the Middle Helladic tombs showed that their use was perhaps successive for the same family and relatives. Of great additional value is the 25m. road to the Mycenaean tomb, which included the burial of two horses. These horses dragged the chariot of the dead, which is a custom  described by Homer that demonstrated the social status of the dead.


Camp J.M., (2001), The Archaeology of Athens, Yale University Press, New Haven and London


Unsigned, (2012), Θολωτός Τάφος στον Αρνό Μαραθώνα, [Tomb at Arnos of Marathon], Odysseus, Ministry of Culture and Sports


Official Brochure, (2011), Archaeological Sites at Marathon, Ministry of Culture and Tourism


Foka Ι., Valavanis P., (1994), Περίπατοι στην Αθήνα και την Αττική, τόποι, θεοί, μνημεία [Strolls in Athens and Attica, places, gods, monuments], Kedros