Entry from British & World English dictionary
A type of grave found in late Bronze Age Greece and Crete in which the burial chamber is approached by a vertical shaft sometimes lined with stones and roofed over with beams.
- By 1791 most bodies were buried not in a mass grave but in a shaft grave containing five or six coffins.
- The exclusive and restricted nature of Early Mycenaean feasts is best illustrated by tumuli in the Argolid and by shaft grave enclosures, as well as by examples of later tholoi and wealthy chamber tombs.
- The shaft graves at Mycenae and other Early Mycenaean graves contain bronze vessels of a suitable size.
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