Ancient Cyprus in the British Museum

Edited by Thomas Kiely

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Tombs guide – 81-90

Tomb 81

Contents: one registered object, remainder in the Cyprus Museum
Materials/objects: stone spindle-whorl, Late Helladic and Cypriot pottery
Chronological range of objects: LCII-III
Tomb type and status: chamber tomb, looted
Additional information: Bucchero, CVA CM: LH IIIA


Tomb 82

Contents: held in the Cyprus Museum
Materials/objects: goldwork, bronze vessel, ivory fragments, stone vessel fragments, Late Helladic pottery fragments
Chronological range of objects: LCIB-III
Tomb type and status: chamber tomb, disturbed
Additional information: CVA CM: LH IIIB


Tomb 83

Contents: 38 registered objects (15 general, 8 to Chamber A, 15 to Chamber B)
Materials/objects: gold bead, Stone and faience vessels, Late Helladic and Cypriot pottery
Chronological range of objects: chamber A and B LCIA-IIC, possibly into IIIA, Chamber C uncertain as nothing retained
Tomb type and status: two intersecting chamber tombs, both with two chambers off each dromos, intact
Additional information: the sketch in the register shows two dromoi, both with two chambers cut on opposite sides with the two central chambers cutting into each other and forming a single space. One skeleton was found lying across the overlapping area. The two outer chambers were designated A and C and the central one B. It is unknown which one was cut first. It seems certain that the cutters of the later chamber disturbed the contents of the earlier.


Tomb 84

Contents: 48 registered objects (19 to Chamber 84A, 27 to the other Chamber; two surface finds (one in a shaft near tomb); one Late Helladic vessel in the Cyprus Museum
Materials/objects: goldwork, faience vessel, cylinder seals, scarab, Late Helladic, Minoan and Cypriot pottery
Chronological range of objects: LCI-III but Chamber A has no real evidence for use prior to LCII
Tomb type and status: chamber tomb, with two chambers off dromos, intact
Additional information: from main chamber stone mortar and pestle, bronze mirror, bracelets and other fragments, stone spindle-whorl, Late Helladic and Cypriot pottery, including White Shaved, Base Ring, White Slip, Bucchero, female figurine. From Chamber A an additional faience vessel and fragments. It seems unlikely that one chamber contained all the gold and no pottery but this is stated in both the register and the 1900 publication. CVA CM: LH IIIA2.


Tomb 85

Contents: one registered object
Materials/objects: gold strip
Chronological range of objects: LCIA-III
Tomb type and status: chamber tomb, disturbed
Additional information: goldwork, ivory vessels and fragments, bronze mirrors and a ‘peculiar kind of metal ball 2” diameter. The notebook states that ‘there was no pottery in this tomb at all’.


Tomb 86

Contents: 43 registered objects
Materials/objects: goldwork, silver jewellery, faience vessels, cornelian and faience beads, stamp seal, Late Helladic, Egyptian and Cypriot pottery
Chronological range of objects: LCIA-III
Tomb type and status: chamber tomb, disturbed
Additional information: glass, stone vessels, bronzes, ivories, Late Helladic and Cypriot pottery, including White Shaved and White Slip


Tomb 87

Contents: held in the Cyprus Museum
Materials/objects: goldwork, faience stirrup jar and fragments, cylinder seal, bronze, iron and lead fragments, Late Helladic, Egyptian(?) and Cypriot pottery
Chronological range of objects: LCIA-III
Tomb type and status: chamber tomb, intact(?)
Additional information: the tomb had two platforms against the walls and contained ‘a lot of bones’. Sketch in notebook appears to depict a Tell el-Yahudiyeh juglet. Cypriot pottery includes Base Ring, White Shaved and White Slip.


Tomb 88

Contents: 59 registered objects
Materials/objects: goldwork, faience beads and vessels, glass, terracotta spindle whorl and female figurine, bull rhyton, Late Helladic, Egyptian and Cypriot pottery
Chronological range of objects: LCIA-III
Tomb type and status: chamber tomb, disturbed
Additional information: two burial layers found but the objects are not divided in the notebook. Goldwork, bronze bowl and ‘many common plain mugs and jugs’ also in tomb.


Tomb 89

Contents: nine registered objects
Materials/objects: Late Helladic and Cypriot pottery
Chronological range of objects: LCIA-III, probably the earliest use is LCII
Tomb type and status: chamber tomb, two chambers off the dromos but one completely empty, disturbed
Additional information: goldwork, female figurine, further Late Helladic and Cypriot pottery


Tomb 90

Contents: eight registered objects, remainder in the Cyprus Museum
Materials/objects: goldwork
Chronological range of objects: LCIB-III
Tomb type and status: chamber tomb, disturbed
Additional information: goldwork, silver and bronze jewellery and stone beads. The notebook does not list as many gold objects as are registered and they may not belong to this tomb.