Mycenae palace wall
The image shows a wall of the palace located at the highest point on the acropolis of the Mycenae citadel. The ruins visible today belong to the building constructed in the 13th century BCE. Only the foundations and floor pavings of some rooms have survived. The archaeological evidence suggests that the site might have had many buildings before the current one.
The palace complex had a large courtyard and a megaron (meeting hall). The megaron consisted of a portico, prodomos (anteroom or open vestibule), and main hall, whose principal space (known as domos) consisted of a circular hearth and four columns supporting the roof. See a model of the reconstructed palace.
People gathered in the megaron to conduct palace business. It was destroyed, most likely by fire, in the late 13th century BCE, and was rebuilt in the 12th century.
Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the cemetery in the 1870s, believed that the legendary King Agamemnon was buried there. However, the site is dated 17th or 16th century BCE, which is well before the time of King Agamemnon. Experts are not sure who was buried in this site but believe that bodies belong to high-ranking people from the Mycenaean civilization, probably the royalty.
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