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Archaeologists On Crete Find Skeleton Covered With Gold Foil In 2,700-year-old Grave
Canadian Press via Google News ^ | Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | Nicholas Paphitis

Posted on 10/01/2010 2:54:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Excavator Nicholas Stampolidis said his team discovered more than 3,000 pieces of gold foil in the 7th-century B.C. twin grave near the ancient town of Eleutherna... The tiny gold ornaments, from 1 to 4 centimetres (0.4 to 1.5 inches) long, had been sewn onto a lavish robe or shroud that initially wrapped the body of a woman and has almost completely rotted away but for a few off-white threads... The woman, who presumably had a high social or religious status, was buried with a second skeleton in a large jar sealed with a stone slab weighing more than half a ton. It was hidden behind a false wall, to confuse grave robbers. Experts are trying to determine the other skeleton's sex. The grave also contained a copper bowl; pottery; perfume bottles imported from Egypt or Syria and Palestine; hundreds of amber, rock crystal and faience beads; as well as a gold pendant in the form of a bee goddess that probably was part of a rock crystal and gold necklace... The ruins of Eleutherna stand on the northern foothills of Mount Ida -- the mythical birthplace of Zeus, chief of the ancient Greek gods. Past excavations have discovered a citadel, homes and an important cemetery with lavish female burials. The town flourished from the 9th century B.C. -- the dark ages of Greek archaeology that followed the fall of Crete's great Minoan palatial culture -- and endured until the Middle Ages.

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1 posted on 10/01/2010 2:55:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 10/01/2010 2:56:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: SunkenCiv

TTIUUWP.

Utterly.


3 posted on 10/01/2010 3:02:38 PM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Naw, not gold, it's adamantium you want over your skeleton!
4 posted on 10/01/2010 3:03:44 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: SunkenCiv
If it had been silver foil, I would assume she was just making some Jiffy Pop when she passed away.

5 posted on 10/01/2010 3:14:00 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: SunkenCiv
It was a Mark 0 Stark Industries prototype.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

6 posted on 10/01/2010 3:17:06 PM PDT by The Comedian (Guns, Gold, Food - The guy with the guns ends up with all the gold and food.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Why did they bury gold in that fashion? Popular answer would be that the woman meant a great deal to her society.

But does that increase or decrease the value in which they held gold? Was it plentiful at the time?

It’s a rare day in this century that anyone would bury loved ones smothered in gold.


7 posted on 10/01/2010 3:18:38 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income... Fire the government)
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To: SunkenCiv

wow, I wonder how much I could get for that stuff at my local Cash for Gold store


8 posted on 10/01/2010 3:38:30 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: SunkenCiv

9 posted on 10/01/2010 3:54:24 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: SunkenCiv

Foiled again!!


10 posted on 10/01/2010 3:56:45 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for the ping


11 posted on 10/01/2010 3:57:57 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: SunkenCiv

Strange thing to do with your gold, I must say. Good thing it’s incorruptible!


12 posted on 10/01/2010 4:37:34 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( A window seat, a jug of elderberry wine, and thou.)
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To: bunkerhill7

I think this is rude and crude that you are cheapening this wonderful archeological find...by comparing it to Goldfinger...You should be ashamed of yourself....Have you no respect...for the ancient Greeks? Have you class...Have you no cooth?

Please apologize now...or your door will be darkened by an old woman carrying a cane....

nikos vlachos
tripoli, greece by way of lagrange, GA....


13 posted on 10/01/2010 5:13:10 PM PDT by nikos1121 (Praying today for -25, better yet -26......)
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To: bunkerhill7

Yowza!


14 posted on 10/01/2010 5:21:42 PM PDT by waterhill (Who got their elk? I did not............)
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To: Krankor

15 posted on 10/01/2010 5:30:11 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: martinidon

Too bad there’s not also a Cash for Mummies store right next to it.


16 posted on 10/01/2010 5:57:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: bunkerhill7

“There’s hills in them thar gold.” — Alfred Hitchcock


17 posted on 10/01/2010 5:58:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: Joe 6-pack

The deceased was the ancestor of the Reynolds family.


18 posted on 10/01/2010 5:59:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: Irish Eyes

My pleasure.


19 posted on 10/01/2010 5:59:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Ya can’t eat it, so you may as well be buried with it.


20 posted on 10/01/2010 6:13:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: Lady Jag

Maybe the gold wrap kept her from struggling as they buried her alive. :’)


21 posted on 10/01/2010 6:20:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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22 posted on 10/01/2010 6:26:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: SunkenCiv

God....this is even worse....Shame on you...


23 posted on 10/01/2010 6:28:43 PM PDT by nikos1121 (Praying today for -25, better yet -26......)
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To: SunkenCiv
The grave also contained a copper bowl; pottery; perfume bottles imported from Egypt or Syria and Palestine;

Didn't the Romans coin the phrase "Palestine," in the first century BC?

5.56mm

24 posted on 10/01/2010 6:29:04 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: nikos1121

Now you know why the symbol for gold (AU) is also the first two letter in “Augh!” :’)


25 posted on 10/01/2010 7:21:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: M Kehoe

Palestine is probably a transliteration or corruption of Philistine or Philistia, but the Romans are the ones who ground down the various Jewish revolts (the Jews referred to those “Jewish Revolts” as “Roman Wars”), the last of which saw the destruction of the Second Temple (though not the Temple Tax, levied on Jews all over the Empire), and renamed the city of Jerusalem as well as the region. Of course, the Romans had revived the kingdoms as part of their usual strategy of expanding Roman rule in stages. The Herodian dynasty wasn’t Jewish; Cleopatra was a Roman puppet, contrary to anachronistic claims (as well as Octavian’s propaganda), put on the throne and kept there by Roman power — until she, uh, wound up on the losing side in the last stage of the Roman civil war.


26 posted on 10/01/2010 7:27:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: M Kehoe

Herodotus in the 5th century B.C. uses “Palestine” as a name for part of Syria. Since the name goes back to the name of the Philistines, it’s probably much older than the 5th century. Whether it was used as the official name of the area by any of the empires before the Roman Empire, I don’t know.


27 posted on 10/01/2010 7:57:14 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SunkenCiv

28 posted on 10/01/2010 9:02:12 PM PDT by JRios1968 (What is the difference between 0bama and his dog, Bo? Bo has papers.)
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To: JRios1968

Obviously he’s a closet Elton John fan.


29 posted on 10/02/2010 7:02:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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