Archeologists have unearthed a very rare skeleton of an ancient warrior that was buried deep under the ground nearly 3,500 years ago and since then it has been untouched and undisturbed. What’s interesting is that the skeleton was found along with a huge hoard of treasures which might reveal more about the culture of that era.
While digging the earth in Greece, researchers from the University of Cincinnati found the skeleton of a soldier in the wooden coffin buried under the Mycenaean-era Palace of Nestor on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula in May. On the first appearance, the unknown skeleton appears to be of a soldier that held an important post in the Army. According to experts, the soldier must be in his early 30’s when died.
Dr. Shari Stocker, of the University of Cincinnati, said: “This previously unopened shaft grave of a wealthy Mycenaean warrior, dating back 3,500 years, is one of the most magnificent displays of prehistoric wealth discovered in mainland Greece in the past 65 years.”
Along with skeleton, the 2.4m long, 1.5m wide tomb contains many jewelry, gifts and weapons including swords and daggers. The tomb of a warrior contains more than 1,400 objects suggesting that he was a very famous figure of that era. Gifts presented to the soldier includes bronze jug, a large bronze basin and many boar’s teeth from his helmet.
While talking of jewelry, researchers said that gold cups were kept on his chest and stomach and his neck boasts a necklace with two pendants. In addition, silver cups, bronze bowls and four gold rings were also rested near his body. More than a thousand beads of carnelian, amethyst, jasper, agate and gold were also present, spreading from head to his right side. The style and decoration of jewelry date back to 2000 BC with animals and floral embroidery from the civilization of Minoans
A sword was kept near the head and chest and daggers embroided with gold were kept near the feet. Dr. Stocker said that first it looked like that it was a skeleton of the legendary King Nestor, who lead Greek forces at Troy, but further examination suggested that it was the skeleton of a warrior that held a very high post in the Army. He further added that this exceptionally rare find is extremely important as the warrior pre-dates the time of Nestor and Neleus (Father of Nestor) by, perhaps, 200 or 300 years.
Moreover, researchers were amazed to see that no ceramic vessels were present in the tomb and all the vessels were made of metal.