Heinrich Schliemann, Mycene

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Heinrich Schliemann is one of archeology’s titans–an adventurer, a dreamer, a cad and a first-class liar, he excavated both Troy and Mycene.

The above photo was taken at Mycene’s famed Lion Gate. An impressive engineering feat for something built around 1250 BCE, the gateway was built from stones immensely strong and heavy. The builders were afraid to pile too great a weight upon it, so they left a triangular space above it, filled with a thinner lintel stone carved with two lions. The lions’ heads (originally bronze) are gone. The lintel stone still weighs around 12 tons.

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