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Friday, August 5, 2016

3,500-year-old Grave Filled With Exotic Valuables Found in Cyprus - Archaeology - Haaretz - Israel News Haaretz.com


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3,500-year-old Grave Filled With Exotic Valuables Found in Cyprus

Thutmosis scarabs, magnificent imported ceramics and gemstones attest to a rich Bronze Age city in Cyprus.


Thutmosis III scarab: Gold-mounted scarab of steatite with the cartouche of Thutmosis III (1479-1425 BCE), with traces of blue.Peter M. Fischer

A tomb containing a treasure of Egyptian scarabs, diadem, exotic luxuries and pearls and earrings set in gold has been discovered in a 3,500-year-old grave excavated in Hala Sultan Tekke, a Bronze Age city in Cyprus.

The gold objects and the more than 100 richly ornamented ceramic vessels found in the grave and in a nearby offering pit attest to Cyprus' importance as a commercial hub, with trade connections sprawling as far north as Sweden.


A family grave containing eight children and nine adults was discovered in an older city quarter of Hala Sultan Tekke, an important trading hub from 1600-1150 BCE. Now archaeologists from Gothenburg University have discovered one of the grandest graves from the Late Bronze Age ever found on the island of Cyprus. The burial contained numerous magnificently worked gold objects, including the diadem, pearls, earrings and scarabs, and the richly ornamented ceramic vessels, originating from various cultures, confirming Cyprus' central role in long-distance trading of the time.