Archaeologists have unearthed the ancient tomb of a woman lying on a bronze bed near the town of Kozani in northern Greece. It dates from the first century BC
Depictions of mermaids adorn the bedposts. The bed also features an image of a bird holding a snake in its mouth, a symbol of the ancient Greek god Apollo. The woman’s head was covered with gold laurel leaves that were likely part of a wreath, Areti Chondrogianni-Metoki, director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Kozani, told Live Science in an email. The wooden parts of the bed are decomposed.
Gold threads were found on the woman’s hands, possibly from embroidery, Chondrogianni-Metoki said. Four clay pots and a glass jar were also buried next to the remains. No other people were buried with her.
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Archaeologists are now analyzing the skeleton to determine the woman’s health, age at death and a possible cause of death. The artifacts found on her indicate that she probably came from a wealthy background and possibly belonged to a royal family.
“We don’t know much about the history of this area [during the first century B.C.]’ Chondrogianni-Metoki told Live Science. Thousands of years ago, Kozani was near an important city called Mavropigi (the site is now a village), which housed a sanctuary dedicated to Apollo, Chondrogianni-Metoki said.
Historical records show that in the first century B.C. Roman control and influence in Greece increased. The Romans destroyed 146 BC. the city of Corinth and sacked it in 86 BC. BC Athens Julius Caesar defeat a force led by Pompey; The victory resulted in Caesar becoming the de facto ruler of Rome.
It is unclear exactly when this woman died in the first century B.C. or if she witnessed or heard about any of these historical events. The remains of the woman are currently kept in the Archaeological Museum of Aiani in Greece.
Live Science contacted scientists unaffiliated with the research for further insight into the discovery, but none were available for comment at the time of publication.
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https://www.livescience.com/ancient-woman-buried-bronze-bed-greece 2,100-year-old burial of woman lying on bronze ‘mermaid bed’ unearthed in Greece