CACHE DATED BY L. M. la SHERDS
Paste Beads from Sepulchral Chamber
of Temple Tomb.
vessels of two classes belonging- to the mature L. M. I a phase (Fig. 927 bis]
One represents an imitation of conglomerate rock such as was a good deal
in evidence at Gournia,1 the
others are late offshoots of
the 'tortoise-shell ripple'
ware.2 The date thus certi-
fied corresponds, it will be
seen, with that of the gold sig-
net-ring and also answers to
that of a considerable cata-
strophe that befell both the
Palace, and, as shown below,
the neighbouring ' Temple
It is further to be noted
that a series of specimens of a globular type of glass beads of amethystine
hue occurred in the deposit such as are often associated in Egypt with
XVIIIth Dynasty burials, and which are themselves derived from an
original amethyst form very characteristic of the Middle Empire. Glass
beads of the same type, probably imported from Egypt, were also found
in the inner rock chamber of the Temple Tomb as described below. Some of
them are here illustrated (Fig. 928) together with an almond-shaped ribbed
type of paste beads which stand in close relation to the bead from the present
deposit, illustrated in the Coloured Plate, to which attention has been called
above, as well as of several gold types there represented. This comparison
is the more cogent in view of the fact that the beads of glass paste were,
according to a usual Minoan custom, often covered with gold-plating.
The ' Ring of Minos' itself lay only a few paces below the spot where
this cache occurred—as we have seen of contemporary date—can fairly be
regarded as standing in relation to this deposit. It, too, may well have
formed part of a robber's share in the plunder of the Royal Tomb
time succeeding its great catastrophe.
Discovery of the ' Temple Tomb': the Upper Sanctuary.
nearTyof About the time that the exploratory trenching had reached this point.
'Temple the owner of the vineyard supplied a valuable clue by pointing out a spo
where in course of cultivation he had struck some large blocks, apparently
' Boyd-Hawes, Gournia, PL VIII, 40, &c. - See above, J', of AT., i, p. 600, n. 4 and FiS' iiX