Archaeologists have found two imperial tombs in Greece comprising jewelry and artefacts dating back over 3,000 years.
The finds include a golden ring depicting bulls flanked by sheaves of barley and a ring revealing an Egyptian goddess.
The US scientists say that their discovery will offer new clues about ancient Mycenaean culture and trade.
The tombs are close to the Imperial Age palace of Pylos, in Greece’s southern Peloponnese area.
They aren’t far from another significant grave found in 2015, considered to be the early ruler of town.
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An announcement from Greece’s culture ministry said on Tuesday the dome-shaped roofs of the tombs had dropped through antiquity, filling them with so much debris which robbers were not able to plunder them.
A group from the University of Cincinnati (UC) spent over 18 months excavating the website and recording the artefacts.
Jack Davis, head of UC’s classics department, stated things like the gold ring constituting two bulls with sheaves of barley gave an insight in to life across the Mediterranean over 3,000 years past.
“It is an intriguing scene of animal husbandry – cows combined with grain production. It is the basis of agriculture,” he explained.
The tombs were littered with small pieces of gold leaf that had fallen from the walls.
In 2015 archaeologists at neighboring Pylos discovered the tomb of a high-status guy whom they dubbed the Griffin Warrior following engravings of a mythical creature engraved in his grave.
The grave comprised armour, weapons, gold jewelry along with an agate sealstone constituting two warriors battling.