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Lefkandi Heroon

The Heroon of Eretria was found in 1980.

It is oriented towards the East and it is about 90 meters long and 10 meters wide. The walls were made of stone and mud brick and the interior was plastered smooth. Postholes on the outside of the exterior walls, against the interior of the walls, and in the center indicate that timber was used to support the thatched roof. The Heroon has five interior rooms and a shallow porch.

The central room is the largest by far, and it contains two pits at its center. The north pit contained the skeletons of four horses, while the south pit contained the remains of a female who was buried among an impressive array of jewelry. Next to her a bronze crater was found that contained the cremated remains of a man aged 30-45. The couple was buried sometime in the 10th. C. BCE.

The heroon was later dismandled and an enormous tumulus of earth was created over it measuring 50 meters in length, 25 meters in width, and 4 meters in height. A shaft grave cemetery was created at a later time to the west of the Heroon.


Lefkandi Heroon