Project: : TAPHOS. Tombs of Aidonia Preservation, Heritage, and explOration Synergasia
The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology excavated, in the 2017 season, at the Late Bronze Age site of Aidonia in Greece, in collaboration with the director of the Korinthian Ephorate of Antiquites, Dr. Konstantinos Kissas. Kim Shelton and her team of graduate and undergraduate students excavated three chamber tombs, one of which was heavily looted. The largest tomb contained seven primary burials, on the floor or in cists in the floor, within a collapsed bedrock chamber. The burials range in date from the 15th to the 13th centuries BCE. The collapsed tomb was covered by deep strata of deposits from the Iron Age through the Byzantine periods indicating that the area came to be used for other functions rather than burial, such as cult, craft production, and habitation. The excavated material that includes ceramic, metal, and stone objects is now under conservation and study at the Nemea Museum.