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by Archaeology Newsroom

The “Pyramis” in the Kampia District of Nea Epidauros. The Solution of a Problem

It was in 1995, when a book entitled Pyramids in Greece introduced the question of the existence of pyramids in Greece. Besides the already identified and known to the scientific community pyramidal examples, certain recently located structures, reputed as pyramids, were presented in this particular book, in which the megalithic monument in the Kampia district of Nea Epidauros in Argolis was also included. The present article deals with the problem of the stones at the entrance to this monument, which has led even some archaeologists to erroneous “pyramidal” conclusions. It also documents the vertical arrangement of stones on the left and right side of the façade, a lay out on which the more serious arguments for the “pyramid-like” exterior of the monument are based. Finally, it reconstructs three layers above the ground the actual stone masonry of the entrance, thus completing the overall non-pyramidal physiognomy of the edifice.