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Burnt animal sacrifice at the Mycenaean ‘Palace of Nestor’, Pylos

  • Valasia Isaakidou (a1), Paul Halstead (a2), Jack Davis (a3) and Sharon Stocker (a3)
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The burnt sacrifice of bare (defleshed) bones, described in Homer's Odyssey and well documented from Archaic and Classical Greece, is now clearly attested by burnt faunal remains from the ‘Palace of Nestor’ at Mycenaean Pylos. This evidance is of great importance for understanding both the historical role of sacrifice in Greek religion and the significance of fensting in Mycenaean palatial society.

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