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Aigai (Vergina)

The Palace
The small palace
The theatre
The city of Aigai
The prehistoric Cemetery
The Great Tumulus
The tombs north of the palace
The Palatitsia tombs

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Bronze spectacle-fibula
Bronze spectacle fibula from a woman's grave in the prehistoric tumuli cemetery, Vergina, second half of 9th century BC, Thessaloniki, Archaeological Museum.

Bronze stippled crown
Bronze crown with stippled solar symbol, from a woman's grave in the prehistoric tumuli cemetery, Vergina, circa 900 BC, Thessaloniki, Archaeological Museum.

Bronze triple double-axe
Bronze triple double-axe from a woman's grave in the prehistoric tumuli cemetery, Vergina, first half of 9th century BC, Thessaloniki, Archaeological Museum.

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Bronze stippled crown
Vergina, circa 900 BC


Bronze triple double-axe
Vergina, first half of 9th century BC

The prehistoric Cemetery of the Tumuli, situated east of the village of Vergina, covers an area of about 250 acres containing more than 300 small burial mounds or tumuli. It was in use from the early Iron Age (1000-700 BC) until the Hellenistic period (up to the 2nd century BC).

In the prehistoric mounds the dead were buried directly in the earth, in oblong shafts radiating outward from a common center. For the men the funeral offerings were weapons, and for the women rich jewellery and numerous vessels. It is probable that the groups of tumuli belonged to different clans, while each tumulus belonged to a particular family.


Bronze spectacle-fibula
Second half of 9th century BC

See Also
Civilization - Graves in Antiquity


Macedonian Heritage
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