The Vaulted Tomb in Tzannata

The tomb in Bourtzi was found just outside Tzannata in a wonderful environment with olive trees, cypresses and oaks. It was discovered in 1991 and excavated by archaeologist Dr. Lazarus of Kolona. This prehistoric Mycenaean tomb was used for royal burials from 1350-1100 BC

It is the largest vaulted tomb found in the Ionian Islands and northwestern Greece. The chamber has a diameter of 6.80 m and the walls stand at a height of 3.95 m. The dome of the tomb probably fell during the Venetian period and the tomb remained buried under the hill until its recent discovery.

Although looted in antiquity, it contained valuable gifts. Some of the finds, such as clay vessels, gold jewelry, seals, a tiny gold ax, two gold rosettes, a gold plaque with a nautilus relief, gold beads and glass paste plates can be seen at the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli.

The size of the tomb, the nature of the tombs located there and its well-chosen location indicate the existence of an important Mycenaean center in the area. This may be important in connection with the ongoing search for the capital of the legendary kingdom of Ithaca by King Odysseus, described so vividly in the epics of Homer.

The entrance has a sign on the main road near the village of Poros . Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 08: 30-15: 00. Closed every Monday and public holidays.

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