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7b Tsountas House, Mycenae, adapted from Hiesel 1990. 7c Houses Outside the Citadel, drawing by author (a) 25 154–6; Schallin 1996: 170–3; Messenia: Davis et al. 1997: 420–1; Bennet 1999, 2001). The achievement of this level of socio-political integration marks the emergence of the ﬁrst state-level polities on the Mainland, yet the evidence of continuing regional variation highlights the extent to which these peer polities of the Mainland, while sharing salient cultural traits, also competed with each other in their display.
As Darcque has pointed out, the most elaborate of these structures are not properly classiﬁable as domestic, for they display many features of palatial architecture: use of massive rubble masonry that evokes Cyclopean terraces and walls, systematic employment of half-timbering, internal built staircases, cut stone elements (bases, antae, thresholds), and frescoes (Darcque 2005: 357–66: chapter 3). 8 . Buildings V and VI in the Unterburg, Tiryns, adapted from Kilian 1983, ﬁg. 23 Linear B tablets and sealings (Shelmerdine 1997; Tournavitou 1997a, b).
The tholos tomb perhaps best reﬂects the mainlanders’ propensity to adapt and elaborate rather than merely to borrow. Introduced ﬁrst in Messenia, the tholos tomb appears in contexts that indicate its strong relationship to the tumulus, for example at Koryphasion and Voïdokoilia in Messenia and at Thorikos in Attica (Korres 1979, 1981; Lolos 1989; Servais and Servais-Soyez 1984: 45–6, 60, 66–7; Cremasco and Laﬃneur 1999; and on the importance of the tholos as an expression of local communities, see Bennet 1999: 15).