The tunnel would later be used as a place of refuge by an early Christian attempting to avoid the onslaught of the Slavic invasion of Greece in 585 A.D. (By this time, the stadium had long been abandoned, and a farming community populated the Nemean valley.) Before he was caught, he hid his coins under a stone. His scattered skeletal remains and the traces of a wound on the top of his skull tell the story of his violent end, a fate that befell the entire Nemean valley.