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Geometric period tomb found on island of Lesbos

A Geometric period tomb was found in the western Greek island of Lesbos. The tomb, dating to the late 8th century BC, was discovered during sewerage works at the village of Ippeios. The tomb was found near the village’s central area and at a depth of 1.50m.

Geometric period tomb found on Greek island of Lesbos
The Geometric Period burial unearthed on Lesbos 
[Credit: Lesbos Ephorate of Antiquities]
According to the Lesbos Ephorate of Antiquities, the tomb consists of a unique and rare funerary ensemble; being the first tomb of this period excavated, it is important for the study of the island’s early history and archaeology. It is a cist grave, its built parts made of schist, bearing the undisturbed burial of probably a young woman found in supine position, dating to around 750-700 BC.

Geometric period tomb found on Greek island of Lesbos
Gold earrings found in the grave 
[Credit: Lesbos Ephorate of Antiquities]
The deceased was accompanied by five grey ware drinking vessels, probably of a Lesbian workshop, such as a cup (miniature krater), a deep and shallow bowl, two jugs, as well as gold and bronze jewellery (found around the pelvic area and head), and a pin made of bone.

Geometric period tomb found on Greek island of Lesbos
Biconical gold bead, probably part of a necklace 
[Credit: Lesbos Ephorate of Antiquities]
The gold jewellery included two earrings made of thin gold leaf and displaying the use of granulation, a large biconical bead and a bronze bead, probably from a necklace.

A chest built of schist and containing a grey ware amphora still sealed with its lid (made of stone) and a shallow ceramic bowl, was found north to the burial.

According to the Lesbos Ephorate of Antiquities, the jewels are excellent examples of Early Geometric (8th century BC) gold workmanship.

Source: ANA-MPA [March 05, 2016]
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