The Macedonian tomb of Lysonos Kallikleus is located in Lefkadia, Naoussa. It is a small two-chambered Macedonian tomb, with a simple facade and painted interior of the monument, dating around 200 BC. The monument is currently not open to the public as the restoration and maintenance of its painted decoration is in progress, while for reasons of protection of its unique frescoes and inscriptions, it is still completely buried in the ground.
The tomb, which is a rare example of Hellenistic funerary architecture, was discovered in 1942. It is a simple monument, dated to the 2nd century BC, consisting of a vaulted rectangular chamber and a narrow vestibule with a flat roof. Four generations of the same family were buried here, in special cases on the walls, each marked with its name: Lyson, Eippos, Kalliklis, Sparta, Thessaloniki, etc. The ashes of the dead were deposited in the 22 cases (hollows in the walls) that opened on the three walls of the chamber.
The drums of the tomb appear to be resting on pesos painted on the wall, while in the upper part there is a decorative pattern of plant stems painted in various shades of green.
Family members would have held a prominent position in the military hierarchy of ancient Mieza, as shown by the military accoutrements depicted on the tomb drums in polychrome: breastplates, shields adorned with the radiant star of Macedonia, helmets, shins and warrior armor , as well as two trophies that accompany the dead to their final abode.
Editor: Fotini Anastasopoulou