Day 57: Thursday, June 1

Oh yeah, the Lion Gate!

Sites Visited: Mycenae

Leaders: Grace and Bodek

Greetings friends, families, and the 15 people in Bulgaria who follow our blog,

bulgaria views

Today we got a few extra hours of sleep, and did not head to our first site until noon. This meant that most of us did not set alarms, and we woke up at times ranging from early in the morning to well after 11:30 AM. This also meant that a lot of us did not wake up in time for breakfast, so we frantically headed to peripteros to get snacks. For those of you who don’t know, peripteros are kiosks on every street corner that sell basically everything imaginable. They have been lifesavers these past 10 weeks whenever we needed water or quick empty calories.

After the more hectic than necessary morning, we headed for Mycenae. Upon arriving and fighting with the wind to hold on to our tickets, we saw the lion gate. The gate has post and lintel construction, with a relieving triangle on top, on which lions are carved in relief. We also saw grave circle B, which is actually older than grave circle A. It’s almost as if archaeologists named the grave circles specifically to confuse Dartmouth students. Then, we walked around the palace remains, and channeled our inner Indiana Jones by going into a cistern. Unfortunately a rope prevented us from going more than about a dozen meters. Did I just say meters? Boy we’ve been in Greece for a while.

Next was the museum, where we found an E-postcard generator. If you are the recipient of an email with the subject “A message from a friend via the Ephorate of Antiquities of Argolis!” it’s not a scam. You can safely click on the attachments. Also check your spam folders. You never know if you got an E-postcard that looks like it is malware. On a more serious note we saw a lot of figurines and pots in the museum, as well as model snakes.

Speaking of snakes, we saw a live one at the Treasury of Atreus, our final stop for the day. It didn’t bother us and we didn’t bother it. The treasury itself is a large tholos tomb with really good acoustics. The lintel block over the doorway weighs 120 tons, and we’re not really sure how it got there, but it’s nothing a little experimental archaeology can’t figure out. All in all it was a pretty good day.

The Greece FSP,
Is winding down so slowly,
That was a haiku




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