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Dynasty of Priestesses [ Iron Age necropolis of Orthi Petra at Eleutherna on Crete ]
Archaeology ^ | March 1, 2010 | Eti Bonn-Muller

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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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: crete; godsgravesglyphs; nicholasstampolidis
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1 posted on 03/02/2010 7:16:05 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 03/02/2010 7:16:59 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"To Helen back."

You were saying ?

3 posted on 03/02/2010 7:22:28 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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MY EYES!


4 posted on 03/02/2010 7:54:16 PM PST by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: left that other site

Unstoppable hotness, baby ! Yeah !


5 posted on 03/02/2010 8:09:37 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

fieldmarshaldj, That’s a side of you I’ve never seen! LOL


6 posted on 03/02/2010 8:15:01 PM PST by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: left that other site

Yeah, I got lots of sides. That’s my insane one.


7 posted on 03/02/2010 8:17:53 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I got one of those too.


8 posted on 03/02/2010 8:23:35 PM PST by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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Unstoppable hotness, baby ! Yeah !

The face that launched a thousand coronaries...

the infowarrior

9 posted on 03/02/2010 9:59:35 PM PST by infowarrior
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To: SunkenCiv

How can they determine that all these “priestesses” are related when they have only ashes to compare?


10 posted on 03/03/2010 6:54:26 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SunkenCiv
Fantastic Sunken. As ever, I appreciate the pings. May not comment much, but love the info.

Nam Vet

11 posted on 03/03/2010 10:59:33 AM PST by Nam Vet (Inuendo IS NOT an Italian suppository.)
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Quick, please, antidote!


12 posted on 03/03/2010 12:55:56 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Diane Kruger fan, eh ?


13 posted on 03/03/2010 1:27:01 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Did you say Diane Kruger? Well, if you insist:


14 posted on 03/03/2010 1:37:47 PM PST by colorado tanker
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Mmmmm....


15 posted on 03/03/2010 6:36:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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Wow, I didn’t even know I *had* grand mal seizures until a few minutes ago...


16 posted on 03/03/2010 6:37:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: Nam Vet

My pleasure, and thanks right back atcha!


17 posted on 03/03/2010 6:37:45 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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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”.


18 posted on 03/03/2010 6:39:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: colorado tanker

An antidote... whew...


19 posted on 03/03/2010 6:39:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sounds funner than Six Flags.


20 posted on 03/03/2010 6:40:57 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: SunkenCiv
best brand of vacuum cleaner, ever

Wow, was that a blast from the past. I'd forgotten my mom used a Filter Queen for years and years. The darn thing never did wear out; she did, though, just got tired of vacuuming. :-))

I don't remember ours looking this shiny. This must have been the trophy wife model.


21 posted on 03/03/2010 8:40:53 PM PST by colorado tanker
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