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Tombs excavated by H.B. Walters in 1897

Tomb I

Contents: CM; BM: two items
Materials/objects: pottery, glass
Chronological range of objects:  LC II, LH IIIA2
Tomb type and status:  Chamber (?)
Additional information: according to Walters’ first list, the tomb was assigned to the Cyprus Museum, but two items are listed in the second list and the Register as coming from Tomb I. Also listed are two piriform vases with scale patterns and a BR II jug. There is no trace of the other pottery items in the tomb list, which ought to have been assigned to London according to Bailey. He suggested a LC IIB date for the registered material (1976, 29), though both the glass vessel and the BR II jug could also belong in LC IIC, at least the earlier part of the period in the case of the Myc. vessel.

Tomb II

Contents: BM: ten items
Materials/objects: stone, faience, gold, pottery
Chronological range of objects: LC IB–LC IIC/IIIA
Tomb type and status: Chamber (?)
Additional information: frags of Myc. and WS pottery; ivory beads. Bailey suggested a LC II date for the deposit but noted that the loom-weight could also belong to a later phase of the LBA (1976, 29).
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Tomb III

Contents: CM (?); BM: one item 
Materials/objects: Pottery (Myc.), glass, stone, gold, faience
Chronological range of objects: LC IB–III (?)
Tomb type and status: Chamber (?)
Additional information: Bailey suggests a LC II date for this deposit (1976, 29).

Tomb IV

Contents: BM: twelve items
Materials/objects: Stone, pottery (Myc.), faience
Chronological range of objects: LC IA (?); LH IIIA2/IIIB; LC II
Tomb type and status: Chamber (?)
Additional information: Listed but not registered: BR I (?) jug; Myc. sherd. See Bailey 1976, 11–14 for the confusion regarding what exactly was found in this tomb.

Tomb V

Contents: CM; BM: one item 
Materials/objects: Pottery, faience, gold, stone
Chronological range of objects: LC II–III
Tomb type and status: Chamber (?)
Additional information: Frags of Myc. sherds (inc. Pictorial style); frags of faience; 46 gold beads (‘43 of twisted wire, 3 globular’); gold ‘double ‘Palladia’ (possibly a figure-of-eight bead); gold mouth-piece.

Tomb VI

Contents: CM; BM: up to four items (only two certain)
Materials/objects: Gold, ivory, faience, bronze, pottery
Chronological range of objects: LC II(C?)
Tomb type and status: Chamber (?)
Additional information: Two plain gold diadems; eight gold beads; two beads (ivory and faience); two gold pendant earrings (‘as Maroni’), (an accompanying sketch shows an item similar to BM Jewellery 538).

Tomb VII

Contents: CM, though several items apparently came to the BM, one of which can now be identified
Materials/objects: Pottery, faience, ivory, gold
Chronological range of objects: LC II
Tomb type and status: Chamber (?)
Additional information: Bailey 1976, 5–6, 16–17. The tomb lists mention: two gold spiral earrings; two faience bowls; a ‘pseudamphora’ (stirrup jar, probably Myc.); an ivory disc with rosettes.
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Tomb VIII

Contents: BM: 18 items
Materials/objects: Pottery, terracotta, stone, glazed ware, gold, silver, bronze
Chronological range of objects: LC I–II (but probably LC IIB–C)
Tomb type and status: Chamber (?)
Additional information: Bailey 1976, 15–17. The tomb lists also mention: Mycenaean pottery; a second ‘primitive’ figurine and an additional faience (or glazed ware) vase; an alabaster disc; variegated glass vase; frags of bronze; and a plain gold diadem.

Tomb IX

Contents: BM: one item
Materials/objects: Pottery (Minoan/Myc.), bronze, ivory
Chronological range: LC IB [LM II sherd]; LC II
Tomb type and status: Chamber (?)
Additional Information: Bailey 1976, 4–5, 17.

Tomb X

Contents: BM: one item
Materials/objects: Pottery (Myc.), gold
Chronological range: LC II (LH IIIA–B)
Tomb type and status: Chamber (?)
Additional Information: Bailey 1976, 4, 17. Nothing from the tomb list (plain gold diadem, a gold bead and two Myc. piriform jars) was identified by Bailey (1976, 29).

Uncertain tombs/surface finds

A large number of items from Walters’ excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke cannot be assigned to a specific tomb with certainty, even though tomb numbers are sometimes listed against the corresponding entry in the Register. Bailey suggested that the latter may often be incorrect, as they are not listed in the corresponding tomb lists. Some of these items may also have come from disturbed settlement contexts. 

These unassigned items are of considerable importance and include: pottery of various fabrics (Black Slip, Monochrome, Mycenaean); jewellery; ivory; glass; faience; stone (including several cylinder seals) and metal (bronze and iron). These are numbered in the Catalogue as U.1 to U.52. They will also appear in the relevant tomb groups if a tomb number exists, though the reader should refer to Bailey for discussion of the attribution.

Objects described by Walters as surface finds (see Bailey 1976, 5, 19–23) are numbered S.1 to S.7. They may have originated in either settlement contexts or tombs which had been looted prior to Walters' visit. 

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