The tomb and treasures of an ancient Greek warrior, untouched for 3,500 years, have been uncovered in Greece by a husband-and-wife team from the University of Cincinnati, country officials announced this week.
"This guy was really, really rich," Sharon Stocker, who uncovered the tomb with Jack Davis, told the Los Angeles Times
His bones suggest he was "strong, robust . . . well-fed," however, "We don’t know his name, and we don’t really know anything else about him," she said.
This past May, Stocker and Davis were excavating near the Palace of Nestor, a destination famously noted in Homer's "Odyssey," when they stumbled upon what they originally thought was a Bronze Age house located outside the palace.
Once the archeologists hit a payload of treasure, however, they knew they'd come across a tomb.
Among the treasures were four solid gold rings, solid gold necklace, remnants of a woven burial shroud, ivory combs, a mirror, three-foot sword with ivory handle, gold-decorated dagger, bronze spearheads, a bronze suit of armor, and more than 1,000 precious stone beads made of carnelian, amethyst, jasper, agate, and gold. There were about 1,400 artifacts in total.
"In the past, people have wondered if you could divide finds along gender lines. Did the beads go with women? Did the combs go with women and the swords with the men?" said Stocker. "Since it’s only one burial, we know that all these objects went with this man."
According to The New York Times
, the man likely died between ages 30 and 35, and the designs on the artifacts point to the Mycenaean civilization, with a strong Minoan influence as well. The warrior would have died and been buried long before the rise of classical Greek culture.
The tomb itself is nearly 8 feet by 5 feet by 4 feet.
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