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In an ancient burial, archaeologists have found three bronze swords more than 3000 years old

A group of Greek and Italian archaeologists duringexcavations of a necropolis located in Greece on the Trapeza plateau (eight kilometers southwest of the ancient city of Aegion, or modern Eion), discovered and investigated several tombs. Despite the close proximity to the ancient city of the Achaean Union, the necropolis belongs to the earlier Mycenaean culture. In the necropolis, pottery dating from the 17th century BC was found, as well as three bronze swords and other artifacts. The very place where the necropolis is located is associated with the ancient city of Ripa. Its inhabitants took part in the colonization of Greece, and even founded the city of Croton. The necropolis was located on the road that led to the city's citadel at a time when such famous ancient cities as Mycenae, Pylos and Tirinith flourished. The Mycenaean settlement itself, which was located near the necropolis, has not yet been excavated.

The finds discovered in the ancient Mycenaean necropolis confirm the information of ancient Greek historians

Treasures of ancient tombs and re-burials

In an ancient necropolis, archaeologists have discoveredchamber tombs carved into soft ground. The most interesting finds were found in tomb No. 8. It was here, among the piles of bones that date back to the XIV and XII centuries BC, that scientists found three bronze swords. Two of them are perfectly preserved, and even have parts of wooden handles. Scientists suggest that they were made in a workshop at the palace, possibly in Mycenae.

According to experts, the swords were carried out inthe middle of the 15th century BC, and also in the middle of the 13th century BC. By the way, these swords are more than two thousand years older than the one recently found by a swimmer from Israel. The long spears found here belong to the same antique period as the bronze swords. Researchers note that the same weapon dating back to the same period was found in the tombs of the nearby Bank necropolis.

In the Mycenaean tomb, bronze swords were discovered that were made at the palaces

As the researchers note, both necropolisesdiffer from other necropolises of Achaia. They trace the connection of the local community with the powerful palace centers. As I said above, the weapons found were made at the palaces, which testifies to the burial of the military nobility here. This fully corresponds to the ancient epic.

In addition to weapons, during the excavation of the necropolis, archaeologistsother valuable artifacts were found, such as vases, stone seals, animal figurines, beads and other ornaments made of faience, glass, gold, carnelian and other materials. The tombs themselves were decorated with decorative amphoras.

As scientists note, the tombs were usedintensively and for a long time, that is, over several centuries. Judging by the finds, they began to be reused especially actively around 1200 BC. At that time, the tombs were opened many times. The bones from the original burials were removed with great respect, and neatly stacked on top of each other along the back wall of the chamber.

Numerous remains say that the necropolis was used for burials for a long time.

The Mystery of the Ancient City of Meal

As scientists say, the presence of expensive items inthe necropolis near Aegion is not surprising. As the ancient Greek historian Pausanias wrote, the elite gathered in Aegion, that is, the most powerful leaders and other noble people. All of them were gathered here by Agamemnon to consult and jointly set out on a campaign against the kingdom of Priam, the last ruler of Troy. Agamemnon is the ancient Greek king of Mycenae, who, like Priam, was considered mythological.

Agamemnon - king from ancient Greek mythology, who ruled in Mycenae

Regarding the location of the Mycenaean settlementThe meal, after which the plateau is named, there is no exact data to this day. Presumably, during the early use of the necropolis, that is, in the 15th century BC, the meal was on a hill. As excavations continue, it is possible that a settlement will be discovered in the near future. In addition, there are already positive results. In addition to the necropolis, archaeologists have also discovered a megaron this year. This is a fairly large rectangular residential building with a hearth in the center. Inside it was pottery that dates back to the 17th century BC.

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Finally, I note that just in time for this periodinclude the ancient biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Scientists managed not only to prove their existence, but also to find out how they were destroyed. Their deaths are strikingly consistent with the biblical description, which I have previously described.