3000-year-old tombs found in perfect condition in southern Greece
The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports in Greece announced the discovery of two intact chamber tombs dating from 1,400 to 1,200 BCE, which have been unearthed near the southern town of Nemea, at a site already known for its cluster of tombs, most of which had been looted before their discovery.
The new findings appear to provide real evidence of not only what the burial places from the ancient era looked like, but offer the chance to examine human remains from the Mycenaean epoch, greekcitytimes.com reported.
According to the statement by the ministry, the newly found tombs include two perfectly preserved burials and bones that can be attributed to 14 individuals whose remains had been from other tombs and placed in the freshly-undug ones. The burial places also included a whole treasure house of ancient jewelry.
Excavation at the Aidonia burial site began in the late 1970s after the site
containing tombs from 1700-1100 BCE had already been extensively looted, probably in 1976-77. Findings included a trove of ancient jewelry. Several items of jewelry that appeared in a 1993 auction in New York turned out to be from the same site and were subsequently returned to Greece.
In 2007, one of the first tombs of the same age, believed to be over 3,000 years old, was spotted in western Greece, as road maintenance workers were building a highway near the historic city of Agrinio.