50 new graves found near Pella

Bronze helmet and gold foil as it was buriedAlmost a thousand graves have been excavated over the past nine years in the cemetery of Arhontiko, near the ancient city of Pella where Alexander the Great was born.

Now we can add more to the tally, as archaeologists have uncovered 50 new graves dating to the 6th c. BC.

Decorated gold fold piecesWeapons, helmets, gold, pottery and figurines were buried in some of the graves, indicating high social status among the deceased.

Gold foil pieces decorated with animal figures ornamented the eyes, mouth and chest of the aristocrats. The animal designs were symbols of royal power.

Ten of the 24 tombs, dated to the Archaic Period (580-480 BC), are believed to have belonged to aristocrat warriors. Based on the findings, the specific tombs are positioned along two paths that crossed each other, confirming that the “best” spots in pre-Classical cemeteries were reserved for the tombs of the wealthy and members of the aristocrat class.

Moreover, the deceased were buried based on their social class while members of the same family were buried close to each, other forming clusters dating back to the second half of the 7th century BC (late Iron Age) and even down to the early Hellenistic era.

Grave with artifacts

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Comment by wjsidmore
2009-09-29 06:58:38

Following your observation of my blog entry listed URI, I have been in field since the seventies as an artist and student. The combination of the two has been very rewarding in many discoveries of which all have been surface finds in Alaska primarily. Mostly Woolly Mammoth interest as with other extinct vertebrate fossils. Occasionally I find ancient ruins locked in permafrost, various levels of northern occupations scattered through out the Arctic. Now, I have no where to go with these findings as I am not associated with museums and archaeological groups, I am an artist and sculpture ancient mammoth ivory. I am very aware of diagnostic findings and do not alter the objects except to preserve them. Too many occasions I have left artifacts behind on my departure as I am not qualified to bring it back. Rulings of discoveries on Federal lands offer severe penalties and objects are left to remain exposed to seasonal weather changes and are destroyed. Last summer I have discovered several house pits eroding into the Bering Sea with human remains and artifacts strewn about on the beach, I simply walked on by. A great loss for the scientific community and a great loss to citizen’s rights, this will continue by me and many in the same interest as with those whom stumble upon similar discoveries within the areas previously outlined.

 
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