The Cemetery of the Tumuli
Between the modern-day villages Vergina and Palatitsia, over an area of almost 900 ha, more than 500 tumuli form the heart of the archaeological site of Aigai.
The tumuli help visitors visualize, in a unique way, an authentic ancient Macedonian cemetery. The earliest tombs date back to the 11th century BC, although this part of the necropolis was mainly used in the Early Iron Age (10th – 7th century BC), a period that gave birth to the Homeric epics.
The structure of the area is marked by an ancient network of streets and paths that runs through low mounds (tumuli). These mounds often form small groups probably representing family or otherwise related burials.