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Ancient Bronze Age Warrior Unearthed In Treasure Filled Grave In Pylos

27/10/2015 16:58 | Updated 27 October 2015

A 3,500-year-old treasure-laden grave of a warrior has been discovered near an ancient palace in southern Greece.

The Culture Ministry says the grave is the most spectacular discovery of its kind from the Mycenaean era in more than six decades.

James C Wright, director of American School of Classical Studies at Athens, told the New York Times: “Probably not since the 1950s have we found such a rich tomb.”

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One of the six ivory combs found within the tomb

It contained about 1,400 artefacts, including gold and silver jewelry, cups, bronze vases, engraved gemstones and an ornate ivory-and gilt-hilted sword [“lots of bling”, as Dr Wright puts it].

The newspaper also notes an ivory plaque carved with a griffin lay between the warrior’s legs and that the presence of a bronze mirror and ivory combs indicate he was “something of a dandy”.

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    A bronze mirror with an ivory handle
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    UC's Sharon Stocker with the 3,500 year-old skull found in the warrior's tomb
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    A necklace featuring two gold pendants decorated with ivy leaves. It was found near the neck of the warrior's skeleton
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    The bronze weapons found within the tomb included a meter-long slashing sword with an ivory handle covered with gold

The grave escaped plunderers who looted a monumental beehive tomb discovered decades ago in the area, near the palace of Pylos - one of the most important Mycenaean administrative centers.

A ministry statement cited by the Associated Press said the grave was found this summer by an international team headed by the University of Cincinnati.

It is believed the dead warrior, aged 30-35, must have been a "leading member" of Pylos' aristocracy, the ministry statement added.

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