NewsArchaeologists make 'phenomenal discovery' in 6,500-year-old tomb

Archaeologists make 'phenomenal discovery' in 6,500-year-old tomb

Created: 09/10/2022 04:49 am

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The tomb of the 6,500-year-old woman dates from the Copper Age and contained 800 bone beads and a decorated spiral-shaped copper bracelet in addition to the 169 gold rings. © Screenshot Facebook/Ţării Crişurilor Museum

Archaeologists discovered finds from different ages during excavations in Romania. However, the tomb of a 6,500-year-old woman was one of the most exciting discoveries.

Oradea – Numerous discoveries have been made on our planet that reach far into the past. Traces and fossils of dinosaurs are among the most exciting finds for researchers. For example, a dry river in Texas recently uncovered new dinosaur tracks. They give us a glimpse of a land before our time.

But excavations of old graves often provide information about our ancestors and their rituals or ways of life. In Oradea in Romania, archaeologists have not only come across such a thousand-year-old tomb, they have also discovered a real treasure.

Archaeologists find grave of woman who must have been ‘extremely wealthy’

During their excavations, the archaeologists of the Ţării Crişurilor Museum found finds from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Roman Empire and the Middle Ages as well as the resting place of a 6,500-year-old woman who was buried with numerous antique gold rings. According to the researchers, the grave dates from the Copper Age and contained 800 bone beads and a decorated spiral-shaped copper bracelet in addition to the 169 gold rings. Because of these very valuable finds, the researchers assume that it must have been an “extremely rich” woman, as the museum director Gabriel Moisa reported to a Romanian newspaper.

Based on the size of the remains and the fact that they were buried unarmed, archaeologists identified the skeleton as a woman. From the bones it could also be determined that she was large and well-fed. The good condition of her teeth provided further evidence that she enjoyed elite status. Călin Ghemiş, the project’s lead archaeologist, described the finds as a “phenomenal discovery”. “There is no longer such a treasure in Central and Eastern Europe,” he said.

Researchers want to find out more about the mysterious rich woman

Although researchers have drawn many conclusions from the woman’s remains and grave goods, they suspect she may still be hiding secrets. Therefore, the bones are now sent to different laboratories for further examination and DNA testing. “We want to find out which culture the person belonged to and whether the rings were made of gold from the Transylvanian region,” explains museum director Moisa.

In Germany, too, there are now and then exciting excavations and small sensations. Archaeologists recently discovered more than 500 skeletons of leprosy patients in Freiburg. In contrast, a 1,300-year-old skeleton was found under a house in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg. Who knows what will soon be revealed deep in the earth.

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