Tanagra (Boeotia) 102 SE Kerykeion - Τάναγρα

Τάναγρα - Tanagra, Archaic walled polis N of Ag. Thomas at the base of Mt. Kerykeion in Viotia Central Greece
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Latitude: 38.307400
Longitude: 23.584100
Confidence: High

Greek name: Τάναγρα
Place ID: 383236PTan
Time period: A
Region: Central Greece
Country: Greece
Department: Viotia
Mod: SE Kerykeion

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Read summary reports on the recent excavations at Tanagra in Chronique des fouilles en ligne – Archaeology in Greece Online.
Search for inscriptions mentioning Tanagra (Ταναγ...) in the PHI Epigraphy database.

Modern Description: A Mycenaean chamber tomb cemetery, in use between 1400 and 1200 BC. The painted clay larnakes in which the dead were inhumed are unique in mainland Greece. Some are decorated with scenes of lamentation and burial.
Tanagra was the birthplace of the poetess Korinna.
The ancient city was located at Grimada, 2 km SW of Schimatari and 4 km SE of the village of Vratsi. The ancient theatre has been uncovered and part of the fortification to a considerable height although it is cut through by the water-supply network. The graves found in the city's cemetery, from Geometric (9th-8th century BC) until Hellenistic times (3rd-1st century BC) were richly furnished. Outstanding among the finds are the so-called 'Tanagraians', terracotta female figurines produced in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC in a wide range of variations.
Perhaps an episcopal see in the Early Byzantine period. Remains of an Early Christian basilica with parts of a mosaic floor have been found. Christian inscriptions of the late 4th (mentioning a church dedicated to the Holy Trinity) and 5th centuries.
The finds are exhibited in the Thebes Archaeological Museum.
Wikidata ID: Q56259452
Trismegistos Geo: 2247
Manto: 10191984

Info: Archaeological Atlas of the Aegean

(Archaeological Atlas of the Aegean, Ministry of the Aegean)

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