Archaeology & History
'Mermaid bed' found at site of 2,100-year-old burial in Greece
By T.K. Randall
June 4, 2022 · 2 comments
The woman most likely came from a wealthy background. Image Credit: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Archaeologists have unearthed the skeleton of a woman who was buried on a bed adorned with images of mermaids.
The fascinating burial site, which was discovered near the city of Kozani in northern Greece, dates back 2,100 years to the first century BC and contains a number of intriguing artifacts.
The woman - whoever she was - must have been of some importance as she was buried on a bronze bed featuring the image of a bird with a snake in its mouth (thought to represent the Greek god Apollo) as well as bedposts adorned with depictions of mermaids.
Gold leaves were found suggesting that the woman had been buried wearing a wreath, as were golden threads indicative of some form of embroidery.
Artefacts including four clay pots and a glass vessel were also found buried alongside her.
Archaeologists are now working to determine more about the woman, such as the cause of death and how old she was when she died.
So far, the only thing that can be ascertained from the burial is that she most likely came from a wealthy background.
Source: Live Science
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