Yahoo! News, November 3, 2015
US archaeologists in Greece have uncovered the skeleton of an ancient warrior that has lain undisturbed for more than 3,500 years along with a huge hoard of treasure, the Greek culture ministry announced Monday.
The treasure is “the most important to have been discovered in 65 years” in continental Greece, the ministry said.
The wooden coffin of the unknown soldier–evidently a person of some importance–was found on the site of the Mycenaean-era Palace of Nestor on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula.
He had been laid to rest with an array of fine gold jewellery, including an ornate string of pearls, signet rings, a bronze sword with a gold and ivory handle, silver vases and ivory combs.
The jewellery is decorated in the style of the Minoans, the civilisation that flourished on the island of Crete from around 2000 BC, with the figures of deities, animals and floral motifs.