KOZANI – Greece’s ancient past continues to yield wonders and treasures of what life was like eons ago, this time with archaeologists finding the 2100-year-old skeleton of a woman buried on a bronze bed near the city of Kozani.
That’s in northern Greece and the site Live Science said a team discovered the remains in a burial site that had depictions of mermaids decorating the bed posts and an image a bird holding a snake in its mouth, symbolizing the god Apollo.
The woman’s head was covered with gold laurel leaves that likely were part of a wreath, Areti Chondrogianni-Metoki, Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Kozani, told Live Science. The wooden portions of the bed had decomposed.
Gold threads, possibly from embroidery, were found on the woman’s hands, Chondrogianni-Metoki said and four clay pots and a glass vessel were buried alongside the remains. No other people were buried with her.
The archaeologists were analyzing the skeleton to determine the woman’s health, age when she died and possible cause of death although the report said the ornate burial arrangements suggested someone from wealth or royalty.
“We do not know much about the history of this area (during the First Century B.C.,”) Chondrogianni-Metoki said, although at the time of the burial Kozani was near an important city called Mavropigi (the site is now a village) that housed a sanctuary dedicated to Apollo.
The area was under Roman control then, its armies having destroyed the city of Corinth in 146 B.C. and sacking Athens 60 years later.
It’s unclear when exactly in the first century B.C. this woman lived or if she would have witnessed or known of any of those events. The remains were taken to the Archaeological Museum of Aiani in Greece for safekeeping.
Live Science contacted scholars not affiliated with the research for further insights on the discovery, but none were available to comment at the time, it also said.