At the beginning of the 2nd century AD, four members of a rich landowning family, (who died over a
period of time), were cremated and buried at the same location, close to the road which led from
Hadrianopolis to Philippoupolis. At this site a large tumulus was gradually constructed to keep the
memory of the dead alive through the centuries.
The area today is part of the municipality of Kyprinos and is situated close to the villages of
Mikri Doxipara, Zoni and Chelidona Excavation has revealed four
large pits which contained the cremated remains of three males and one female along with numerous
offerings to accompany them into the afterlife, such as clay, glass and bronze vessels, bronze lamp
stands and lamps, bronze lanterns, weapons, jewellery, wooden boxes etc.
The five wagons with which the dead had been brought to the site were buried in the same location
along with their horses. A further five horses were buried close by. Metal decorations and metal
parts of the mechanism of all the wagons remain while in two cases impressions of the wooden parts
have been preserved.