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Archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove of carved pieces of jewelry and golden objects in the two late bronze age tombs that could shine a new light on life in ancient Greece.
The discovery was announced on Tuesday in Germany. The team has been more than 18 months in recovery, and to document their findings, including a wide variety of cultural artifacts and fine jewelry — that it would be able to add to our knowledge of the early Greek culture of the time.
The University of Cincinnati (UC) archaeologists found a golden ring with two bulls, surrounded by sheaves of grain, which has been identified as a barley, a paleobotanist, who consulted on the project.
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A golden ring is showing the bulls and the barley; for the first well-known representation of domestic animals, and farming in ancient Greece.
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“It’s an interesting scene from the livestock sector — cattle, mixed with grain production. It is the foundation of agriculture,” UC archaeologist Jack Davis said in a statement. “To the best of our knowledge, it is the only representation of the grain used in the art of the Cretan or Minoan civilization / culture.”
Some of the works featured mythological creatures, as well. Agate sealstone featured two lion-like creatures, called the genii of standing upright on clawed feet. According to the UC’s archaeologist, Sharon Stocker, and they contribute a portion of the vase, and incense burner — it’s a tribute to the altar in front of them, with a sprouting tree, between the horns of consecration.
Make a 16-pointed star on top of the genii. Is that the same star will appear at the bronze, and gold artifacts inside the tomb, researchers said.
“It’s very rare. There aren’t many 16-point stars in the Mycenaean iconography. The fact that we ended up with 16 points in the two different media, an agate, and gold has been quite remarkable,” Stocker explained in a statement.
UC archaeologists found a sealstone made of semiprecious carnelian in the family to dig in Pylos, Greece. The sealstone was carved with two lions and mythological figures, called genii transfer of vessels and incense burners in front of each other, on top of an altar, and a 16-pointed star. The other one is a filler and the cast of the sealstone. At the university of Cincinnati’s Department of Classics)
The scientists believe that the two counts do not give an image of a noble of wealth and status.
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“I think these are probably the people that were very advanced for their time,” Stocker said. “They have to come to a place in history, where there are a number of luxury items and imported goods. And all of a sudden, at the time of the first tholos tombs, the luxury items that will appear in all of Greece.”
“You have this explosion of wealth, and people are fighting for power,” she added. “It’s the formative years that give rise to the Classical Age of Greece.”