Skip to comments.Dynasty of Priestesses [ Iron Age necropolis of Orthi Petra at Eleutherna on Crete ]
Posted on 03/02/2010 7:16:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv
For a quarter century, Greek excavation director Nicholas Stampolidis and his dedicated team have been unearthing the untold stories of the people buried some 2,800 years ago in the necropolis of Orthi Petra at Eleutherna on Crete. Until now, the site has perhaps been best known for the tomb its excavators dubbed "A1K1," an assemblage of 141 cremated individuals, all but two of whom were aristocratic men who likely fell in battle in foreign lands. Excavated between 1992 and 1996, this elaborate rock-cut tomb was brimming with fantastic burial goods that date from the ninth to the seventh century B.C., including bronze vessels, gold and silver jewelry, and military regalia, as literally befits the burial of Homeric war heroes. Now, two unprecedented discoveries since 2007--three lavish jar burials that contained the remains of a dozen related female individuals and a monumental funerary building where a high priestess and her protégés, also all related, were laid to rest--are adding to our knowledge of Eleutherna's women, and forcing the scholarly community to reevaluate their importance and role in the so-called "Dark Ages" of Greece (see "Top 10 Discoveries of 2009").
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The face that launched a thousand coronaries...
How can they determine that all these “priestesses” are related when they have only ashes to compare?
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The ashes were found *inside* some reverently interred Filter Queen bags. I’m tellin’ ya, the best brand of vacuum cleaner, ever. I suspect that the original brand name (translated from Greek) was “Filter Priestess”.
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