The Mycenaean tomb or tumulus of Chosti in Naxos is one of the three Mycenaean vaulted tombs discovered in the Cyclades, along with those in Mykonos and Tinos. Situated near the mountain village of Komiaki, it is a popular attraction for tourists due to its historical significance.
What sets the tomb of Chosti apart is its unique nature, deviating from the typical Mycenaean tombs found in mainland centers of Mycenaean civilization. Located in a mountainous area of Naxos rather than the traditional rural setting, it is considered quite rare. Archaeologists speculate that it may have served as the tomb of a local ruler or an influential figure.
Unfortunately, like many other archaeological sites in Greece, the tomb has fallen victim to looting by individuals seeking valuable artifacts. Regrettably, the tomb of Chosti has been plundered by archaeophiles, and there is an opening on one side of the tomb, presumably used by the looters to gain access.
Preserving and protecting archaeological sites is of utmost importance to safeguard our cultural heritage. Although efforts are being made to combat looting and protect these invaluable sites, it remains a persistent challenge. The tomb of Chosti serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing need to preserve and conserve our archaeological treasures.