MYCENAE: THE ROOM WITH THE FRESCO COMPLEX

The discovery of a large piece of wall painting still in position on a wall during the 1968 excavation was the first indication of a second cult room with a remarkable collection of finds. The painted plaster covered part of the east wall of the Room 31, the 'Room with the Fresco', and also the low platform or altar in front of it. The room itself  measured some 6 x 4m and had an oval clay platform in the centre of the floor, perhaps a ritual hearth. At the east end of this were two square projections, each with a post socket, and a third was centrally placed at the west to give a 'horseshoe' effect. The posts perhaps supported a canopy.

In this photograph the slabs laid after the room went out of use are still in place and the white area on the far shows where the wall painting was situated before removal for conservation.

 

THE ROOM WITH THE FRESCO FROM THE WEST

The complex was probably built during the first part of the LH IIIB period, just to the west of the Temple complex and separated from it by a narrow passage. Before the construction of the 'Shrine' (Room 32) the entrance may have been from this direction. By the middle of the LH IIIB period the entrance was from the north west through a double porch with a fine conglomerate slab as a threshold. The altar and the wall painting would have been visible in the opposite corner, beyond the central hearth. To the north of the altar a narrow doorway, perhaps the original entrance, led to a small inner room (Room 32 - the Shrine) with a low bench along the rear (southern) wall. A second doorway opened to the west into a larger room (Room 33). Three more rooms were added to the south and east but access to each of these was from the south.

Scattered on the floor were a wide variety of objects of clay, ivory, lead, stone and other materials.

 

West slope The Prehistoric Cemetery
Cult Centre  Grave Circle A
Room with the Fresco Complex   South House
Temple Complex Hellenistic
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