The Cave of Vythakas at Dyros, Mani: A Promising Case

K. Merdenesianos

The cave Vythakas is located at Pyrgos Dyrou in the western Mani, Peloponnese. The entrance of the cave is a gorge five meters deep and four to five meters wide. The bottom of this small gorge is covered by huge stones, earth and other transferred material that forms a hillock two to three meters high. Thus, the real depth of the gorge, when going down, is diminished from seven to five meters, approximately. Immediately after one has descented he stands in front of two sloping and opposite in direction corridors, leading NW and south, respectively. The south corridor gives acces to the main cave, where the following objects have been surveyed and photographed:

-Sherds of various sizes.
-Bronze coins (diameter 1 cm) that due to their heavy oxidation didnot exhibit any indication of origin.
-Metal arrow heads.
-Bone rings, probably from a necklace.
-Bone fragments located in various spots but mainly in the lower level of the cave. A stone wall of unknown as yet date and function was discovered and photographed.


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