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Undisturbed tomb of ancient noblewoman found on Greek island of Sikinos


Archaeologists conducting restoration work at the Episkopi monument on the island of Sikinos, in the southern Cyclades, have found an undisturbed grave believed to contain the remains of an ancient noblewoman.

Undisturbed tomb of ancient noblewoman found on Greek island of Sikinos
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture
According to a statement by the Ministry of Culture, “The wealth of jewellery worn by the woman betrays that she was a prominent figure in the Sikinos society. Golden wristbands, rings, a necklace, a brooch with a cameo relief, along with glass and metal vases, other smaller finds, as well as organic fragments of the clothing worn by the deceased were found in the grave.”

Undisturbed tomb of ancient noblewoman found on Greek island of Sikinos
Undisturbed tomb of ancient noblewoman found on Greek island of Sikinos
Undisturbed tomb of ancient noblewoman found on Greek island of Sikinos
Undisturbed tomb of ancient noblewoman found on Greek island of Sikinos
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture
It is thought that the impressive mausoleum was erected to house the woman’s grave, while a burial epigram from the monument revealed the female name 'Neiko'.

The Ministry of Culture in cooperation with the Ephorate of Cycladic Antiquities have carried out restoration works at the Episkopi, a burial memorial of the Roman era, since 2017.

Source: Greek Ministry of Culture [July 23, 2018]

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