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Burial tomb of Mikri Doxipara-Zoni

Tomb construction in the area of ancient Thrace began in the prehistoric period and continued until the later antiquity.
Most of them date back to Roman imperatorial times and were used to cover ashes of dead noble and rich men and women. One of them is the tomb which was constructed in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. south of Ardas river in Ploutos location, between the villages of Mikri Doxipora, Zoni and Chelidona of Kyprinos municipality at the west side of north Evros.
The tomb has a diameter of 60m and 7.5m height and was used to cover the ashes of members of rich families, most probably of the landholders.
Next to the holes where the cremation took place scientists discovered four wheeled carriages together with their pack animals. These are the carriages that transferred the dead bodied to the burial tomb.
This kind of burial where the carriages and the horses were buried with the dead body was common not only in Thrace but in many areas of the ancient world both in Europe and Asia. The carriages and the horses symbolized the wealth and the cachet of their owners.
In many parts of the tomb scientists discovered broken vessels, ashes and animal bones as well as relics of offerings which prove that burial rituals were performed during the construction of the tomb.

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