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Jean M
10-09-2014, 11:06 AM
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141008101410.htm


Archaeologists have discovered a palatial construction with an audience hall which makes up the first specifically political precincts built in continental Europe. A prince's tomb in the subsoil contains the largest amount of grave goods from the Bronze Age existing in the Iberian Peninsula. Some of the most outstanding items include a silver diadem of great scientific and patrimonial value, the only one conserved from that era in Spain, as well as four golden and silver ear dilators.

Excavations conducted in August by the researchers of the UAB's Department of Prehistory Vicente Lull, Cristina Huete, Rafael Miců y Roberto Risch have made evident the unique archaeological wealth of La Almoloya site, located in Pliego, Murcia. The site was the cradle of the "El Argar" civilisation which lived in the south-eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula during the Bronze Age.

Of the fifty tombs excavated from under the La Almoloya buildings, one stands out in particular. Located in a privileged area, next to the main wall of the hall, the tomb reveals the remains of a man and woman buried with their bodies in a flexed position and accompanied by some thirty objects containing precious metals and semi-precious stones.

One of the most outstanding pieces is a silver diadem which encircled the skull of the woman. The silver diadem is of great scientific and patrimonial value, since the only other four diadems known to have existed were all discovered 130 years ago at the site of El Algar in Almeria, but none of them remain today in Spain.

Jean M
10-11-2014, 09:13 PM
http://www.livescience.com/48220-bronze-age-tomb-photos.html

This coverage has a photo of the diadem, the silver cup and the palace site.


Archaeologists have uncovered the tomb holding the skeletal remains of a man and woman and several treasures, including a silver tiara atop the woman's head, silver jewelry, ceramics and many other artifacts. The discovery was made at the site of La Almoloya in southeastern Spain. Check out these photos, courtesy of the Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona , of the glittering treasures discovered.