posted on Apr, 1 2010 @ 05:11 PM
29 March 2010
A team of archaeologists have unearthed
five chamber tombs at Ayia Sotira, a cemetery in the Nemea Valley in Greece, just a few hours walk from the ancient city of Mycenae. The tombs date
from 1350 – 1200 BC, the era in which Mycenae thrived as a major centre of Greek civilization.
They contain the remains of 21 individuals who probably came from Tsoungiza, an agricultural settlement close to the ancient city. Despite the
significant human remains, however, the team have found no evidence of elite burials, prompting speculation that Tsoungiza may have been an
egalitarian society without leaders.
The team excavated the five tombs between 2006 and 2008, containing the skeletal remains of 21 individuals, including what appears to be an extended
family made up of two men, one woman and two young children. Detailed analysis of the remains will be difficult to carry out as they are generally
poorly preserved. The team have been advised by scientists that DNA analysis will not be possible, but it is hoped that analysis will reveal further
information about the diet of the individuals.
Photo courtesy Ayia Sotira Project. A shot of the burials in one of the tombs. The burial on the right is of an adult male in his 30's. The burial at
top is of a teenage girl, age 16-17. To the left there are the skeletal remains of two men, put into a pit. The man at the top was in his 30's - the
skull is placed above the skeleton on purpose.
Classless society or not, what is the point, still a great find the important part is the dating back to that period in our history.