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2 Ancient, Unlooted Tombs Unearthed in Southern Greece (Photos)

August 13, 2019

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s Culture Ministry says two intact chamber tombs dating from 1400 to 1200 B.C. have been unearthed near the southern town of Nemea at a site already known for its cluster of tombs, most of which had been looted before their discovery.

The ministry said Sunday that the newly found tombs include two full burials and bones from 14 individuals whose remains had been transferred from other tombs.

Excavation at the Aidonia burial site began in the late 1970s after the site containing tombs from 1700-1100 B.C. had already been extensively looted, probably in 1976-77. Findings included a trove of ancient jewelry. Several items of jewelry that appeared in a 1993 auction in New York turned out to be from the same site and were subsequently returned to Greece.

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