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by Archaeology Newsroom

Interpreting Mycenaean society through its burial practices

The Mycenaean world undoubtedly displays a unique form of “burial” culture which in addition to its architectural expressions (shaft, chamber, vaulted graves) and artistic manifestations (funeral offerings), also reveals the structure of its society. Thus, the study of Mycenaean burials discloses the close relation of funerary practices and customs with Mycenaean society and how this society was organised. Furthermore, the social stratification and status as well as the political and economic level both of individuals and of the society they lived in are reflected in the funerary rituals and in the basic types of burial of the Late Helladic period.