Ancient Greek tombs discovered in Marseilles

Archaeologists excavating the old city port of Marseilles, known as the Lazaretto of Arenc, have stumbled upon what appears to be an ancient Greek necropolis dating from the fourth or fifth century BCE.  

View of the excavation site [Credit: La Provence]
According to Lionel Guévalet, the Director of the Provence de la société Bouygues Immobilier, "scientists have found Greek burials, which was totally unexpected at this location" and that "this discovery is of real importance because it can challenge what we know about the occupation of Greek origin in Marseilles." 

French sources says that at least half a dozen sarcophagii with urns and ashes have been excavated thus far in the historic port district. 

"The Hill of the Lazaretto was an important necropolis also during the Roman period", says Guévalet. "This discovery would clarify and strengthen the panorama of the Greek occupation, including the location of the cemeteries which are traditionally located outside the city." 

Source: La Provence [June 04, 2012]

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1 comments for Ancient Greek tombs discovered in Marseilles

  1. Had this been found on the coast of Normandy .. with Greek ships in the bay dating to the same time .. it would re-write a lot more history. The Gate of Gibraltar was guarded for centuries and Greece and Rome could not pass .. i.e. Semitic Conglomerate Nations .. circa. 1200 to 900 B.C. Paleo Hebrew Decalogue in Los Lunas, New Mexico dates to this time period as do the digs in Michigan 50 miles wide and 150 miles long with over 3,000 artifacts written in Cuneiform .. tons of surface copper missing, Paleo Hebrew, two types of Egyptian script including Greek I believe. This glance at Greek is far more ancient than what you are looking at in Marseilles, France. Steven M. Collins well documented four book series.

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