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Encyclopedia > Shaft tomb

A shaft tomb or shaft grave is a type of burial structure formed from a deep and narrow shaft sunk into natural rock. Burials were then placed at the bottom. A related group of shaft and chamber tombs also incorporate a small room or rooms cut laterally at the base of the shaft for the placing of the dead.


The practice of digging shaft tombs was widespread but the most famous examples are those at Mycenae in Greece which date to between 1650 BC and 1500 BC. These shaft tombs were around 4m deep with the dead placed in cists at the bottom along with rich grave goods. The position of the shaft was sometimes marked by a stone stela.


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Shaft tomb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (123 words)
A shaft tomb or shaft grave is a type of burial structure formed from a deep and narrow shaft sunk into natural rock.
A related group of shaft and chamber tombs also incorporate a small room or rooms cut laterally at the base of the shaft for the placing of the dead.
These shaft tombs were around 4m deep with the dead placed in cists at the bottom along with rich grave goods.
A New And Significant Discovery (3983 words)
Excavation of the shaft tomb situated to the south-east from the shaft tomb of Udjahorresnet in the southwestern sector of the Abusir necropolis, began in January 1995.
The mouth of a small shaft, measuring about 1.7 x 1.4 in and the upper part lined by mud brick, was discovered under the limestone plastering lying in front of the larger niche in the western outer face of the mud brick enclosure wall surrounding the main shaft of the tomb.
However, this initial opening of the intact tomb was not announced to the public due to fear of tomb robbers known to this area, although the area was well guarded by police to safeguard the safety of the contents of the tomb.
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