View Full Version : Beehive tombs and other beehive structures

06-18-2016, 11:00 PM
I am interested on the origins of the concept.

Some examples:

One well known example is the 'Treasury of Atreus', usually considered to be a tomb. It was created around 1250 BC.


The tholos tombs were used extensively during the Prepalatial and Protopalatial periods (2600-1700 BC), and many were continuously used until historic times.
A late 'Minoan' example which is similar in concept with the Mycenean 'Treasury of Atreus'. Other examples exist in the link as well, nothing particularly impressive but that's not the point.

The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak is conceptually similar. It's smaller but better preserved because it dates back to the 4th century BCE.


There must have been many similar stuctures in Balkans.

'Royal Kurgan' in Crimea is also similar. It's from the 4th century BC. Any sane person will not call it 'kurgan' because the similarities are only superficial. It's often associated with Bosporan Kingdom and the Greek colonies of Crimea. Greeks and Thracians existed in the region.
A Wikipedia entry on it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Kurgan

The roof:

View from the outside:

These structures can have a common origin, I would think.

But there are more similar structures

For example nurraghe in Sardinia

Picture from the interior of one of them


They were developed during the Nuragic Age between 1900 and 730 BCE.

There are various similar structures in Western Europe too. For example the tumuli of Bougon (google it, it's interesting).
The earlier one was created in the early 4th millenium BC.

Unstan Chambered Cairn
The following one is from Scotland. That's unexpectedly similar in concept with the Mycenean one and quite older. It was built sometime between 3400 and 2800 BC

Beehive structures existed in Oman too. They date to between 3,500 and 2,500 years BCE.

This is the a photo from the interior of one of them. Compare it to the Sardinian Nuraghe
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Cinnamon orange
06-19-2016, 07:59 AM
I would love to visit Mycenae, I was very close once but did not get to go. I hope to go back someday.

06-19-2016, 03:20 PM
Beehive houses from Harran, Turkey. These houses were created recently but it could have been an old tradition.


There's an oculus too, like the Nuraghe in Sardinia and the ancient beehive structures in Oman.

About oculi: