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14 Küpper argues that this technique was introduced as early as LH IIIA1 (in the early throne foundation at Tiryns which Maran now dates LH IIIA1–2), although for the production of stone vases it had been known since the Early Bronze Age (Warren 1969: 158–65; Küpper 1996: 13–14, and n. 117; 118–19). The earliest known instances of these in masonry are in blocks from the Chrysolakkos mortuary complex at Mallia, dating as early as MM IB (Shaw 1973: 70 and ﬁgs 62–3). They are otherwise unknown in Cretan architecture and not probably related to the Mycenaean practie.
The tholos tomb perhaps best reﬂects the mainlanders’ propensity to adapt and elaborate rather than merely to borrow. Introduced ﬁrst in Messenia, the tholos tomb appears in contexts that indicate its strong relationship to the tumulus, for example at Koryphasion and Voïdokoilia in Messenia and at Thorikos in Attica (Korres 1979, 1981; Lolos 1989; Servais and Servais-Soyez 1984: 45–6, 60, 66–7; Cremasco and Laﬃneur 1999; and on the importance of the tholos as an expression of local communities, see Bennet 1999: 15).
The importance of recognising the local evolution of these architectural practices cannot be underestimated. As I have argued elsewhere, they were powerful visual markers of the ascendance of the ruling power at Mycenae (Wright 1987: 183–4; 1995: 74; Küpper 1996: 122 and ﬁg. 220). It is especially noteworthy that this special style appeared at key locations in neighbouring citadels: at Tiryns in the primary entrance gate, the ‘Steintor’ and employed also throughout the palace for details and at Argos in an unknown structure that may have graced the Larissa.
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