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Posted October 27, 2015

On the floor of the grave lay the skeleton of an adult male, stretched out on his back. Weapons lay to his left, and jewelry to his right.

From left are Denitsa Nenova, University College London; UC's Sharon Stocker; Alison Fields, UC graduate student in classics; and in the trench is Jonida Martini, a UC graduate who earned her M.A. in classics. Image credit: University of Cincinnati, Pylos Excavations

From left are Denitsa Nenova, University College London; UC’s Sharon Stocker; Alison Fields, UC graduate student in classics; and in the trench is Jonida Martini, a UC graduate who earned her M.A. in classics. Image credit: University of Cincinnati, Pylos Excavations

Near the head and chest was a bronze sword, its ivory hilt covered in gold. A gold-hilted dagger lay beneath it. Still more weapons were found by the man’s legs and feet.

Gold cups rested on his chest and stomach, and near his neck was a perfectly preserved gold necklace with two pendants. By his right side and spread around his head were over one thousand beads of carnelian, amethyst, jasper, agate and gold. Nearby were four gold rings, and silver cups as well as bronze bowls, cups, jugs and basins.

The weapons of bronze found within the tomb included a meter-long slashing sword with an ivory handle covered with gold. Image credit: University of Cincinnati, Pylos Excavations

The weapons of bronze found within the tomb included a meter-long slashing sword with an ivory handle covered with gold. Image credit: University of Cincinnati, Pylos Excavations

The above describes what a University of Cincinnati-led international research team found this summer when excavating what was initially thought to be a Bronze Age house.

Instead, the team made a rich and rare discovery of an intact, Bronze Age warrior’s tomb dating back to about 1500 B.C., and that discovery is featured in The New York Times, in an article titled: A Warrior’s Grave at Pylos, Greece, Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations.

Source: University of Cincinnati

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