Agora Deposit: N 16:1
Title:   Pit Tomb, Infant Inhumation
Category:   Burial
Description:   Grave (E.L. Smithson: Grave III: SM).
The close proximity and similarity of this tomb and tomb M 16-17:1 strongly suggests that they were intentionally laid out in relation to one another and were contemporary. Smithson considered Tomb 1 as containing the mother of the infant inhumed in Tomb 2.
The tomb consisted of a rectangular pit cut into bedrock to a preserved depth of 0.30m. Oriented north-south, the tomb measured 0.50m and 0.12-0.15m wide; it was slightly undercut, with traces of a ledge running the length of the tomb on both sides. Fragments of a coarse basin, were intentionally broken and placed above teh tomb as a cover, spanning the full length of the pit. Within the pit, the skeleton of a fetus or newborn infant was placed on its back in an extended position, head to the south. There were no distinct grave offerings. The fill of the tomb pit largely comprised redeposited bedrock chips.
AA 317: Owing to the fragility of the bones, the skeleton was encased in a large wax slab, making it impossible to study the human remains without X-rays.
Bibliography:   Agora XXXVI, Tomb 2, pp. 49-52, figs. 2.8, 2.9, 3.11, 3.12.
Chronology:   Late Mycenaean/Submycenaean-Earliest Protogeometric
Date:   29 May 1937
Section:   Φ
Grid:   Φ:67/Ζ
References:   Report: 1937 Φ
Report Page: 1937 Φ, s. 3
Images (5)
Object: P 10586
Notebook: Φ-4
Notebook Pages (5)