WOODEN COFFIN FROM THE PHALERON DELTA

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The 26th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of Greece – Piraeus conducted a salvage excavation of an Archaic cemetery (with approximately 1000 burials) in the area of the Phaleron Delta where the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is being constructed. Among the finds, was a wooden coffin carved (hollowed out) from a single piece of wood, measuring 1.61 m by 0.77 m.

The object was discovered on September, 23, 2013 in a layer/stratum of clay mixed with sand. In its interior, the excavation revealed bones as well as many smaller wooden fragments, which probably belong to the coffin’s lid. The bones as well as the smaller wooden fragments were removed progressively. All the wooden fragments are fully waterlogged.

If you want to see more about the cemetery follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6qQWvBqXRA of a presentation of the excavation (in English) by the Head of the 26th Ephorate Dr. Stella Chrissoulaki, which took place this past July in a conference organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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