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Greece's Griffin Warrior Tomb from 1450 B.C. Reveals Rings of Power, Mirror and Combs

griffin graveDr. Jack L. Davis and Dr. Sharon R. Stocker, a husband-and-wife archaeologist team at the University of Cincinnati believe that the trove of treasures discovered in the prestigiously preserved grave of an ancient Greek warrior in Pylos that they discovered last year are processions from his culture and not loot from the nearby island of Crete, the nytimes.com reports.
The grave revealed beautiful golden rings, hailed as rings of power, gemstones and other chains and objects, along with a mirror and combs; items that are believed to have been used by the warrior in both preparation before battle and ritual.
griffin grave“Spartan warriors are known to have combed their hair before battle. And the mirror may have had a ritual significance: One of the gold rings depicts a goddess holding a similar mirror,” the nytimes.com says.
Dating back to 1450 B.C., the tomb is considered to be one of the richest finds in the past 500 years as it gives archaeologists an insight into ancient civilizations.
griffin graveWhat is left to be uncovered is the origin of the warrior as archaeologists still do not know if he was a Minoan or Mycenaean who was influenced by the Minoan culture. The same is yet to be discovered of those who buried him.
“Whoever they are, they are the people introducing Minoan ways to the mainland and forging Mycenaean culture,” Dr. Davis said to nytimes.com. “They were probably dressing like Minoans and building their houses according to styles used on Crete, using Minoan building techniques.”
All that is certain is that the gravesite has given archaeologists insight and “is telling us that right from the beginning there were people on the mainland who knew what Minoan culture meant and were bringing it to the mainland for a specific reason, that of establishing themselves in positions of power,” Dr. Davis added.

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