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10-27-2015, 06:36 PM
This looks like a great find and its hoped will help us understand the time between Mycenaean civilization and the Minoan civilization is borrowed/came from

‘I hit bronze’: Remarkable grave of ‘griffin warrior’ found in Greece after lying undisturbed for 35 centuries



Jean M
10-27-2015, 07:25 PM
Also covered here: http://www.ekathimerini.com/202867/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-warriors-tomb-treasure-hoard-found-in-greece

US archaeologists in Greece have uncovered the skeleton of an ancient warrior that has lain undisturbed for more than 3,500 years along with a huge hoard of treasure, the Greek culture ministry announced Monday.

The treasure is "the most important to have been discovered in 65 years" in continental Greece, the ministry said.

The wooden coffin of the unknown soldier – evidently a person of some importance – was found on the site of the Mycenaean-era Palace of Nestor on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula.

He had been laid to rest with an array of fine gold jewelery, including an ornate string of pearls, signet rings, a bronze sword with a gold and ivory handle, silver vases and ivory combs.

The jewelery is decorated in the style of the Minoans, the civilization that flourished on the island of Crete from around 2000 BC, with the figures of deities, animals and floral motifs.

The archaeologists, Jack L. Davis and Sharon R. Stocker from the University of Cincinnati, have identified more than 1,400 pieces "whose quality testifies to the influence of the Minoans" on the later Mycenaeans.

And here: http://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_features/warrior_tomb.html

UC team discovers rare warrior tomb filled with bronze age wealth and weapons
An international team of archaeologists led by University of Cincinnati researchers recently discovered a Bronze Age warrior’s tomb in southwestern Greece filled with more than 1,400 objects: jewels, weapons and armor, as well as bronze, silver and gold vessels. The unusual find is celebrated in today’s New York Times.

the team made a rich and rare discovery of an intact, Bronze Age warrior’s tomb dating back to about 1500 B.C., and that discovery is featured in The New York Times, in an article titled: A Warrior's Grave at Pylos, Greece, Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations.

The find is so extraordinary that UC’s Shari Stocker, senior research associate in the Department of Classics, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, states: “This previously unopened shaft grave of a wealthy Mycenaean warrior, dating back 3,500 years, is one of the most magnificent displays of prehistoric wealth discovered in mainland Greece in the past 65 years.”

This gold ring with a Cretan bull-jumping scene was one of four solid-gold rings found in the tomb. This number is more than found with any other single burial elsewhere in Greece.

10-27-2015, 11:13 PM
I wonder if the bull represents Zeus or if that association was yet to come

10-06-2016, 11:08 AM
The first ring, revealed after the excavation's completion last fall, shows a scene of a bull leaping—reminiscent of contests in which toreadors would literally leap over bulls in a show of sport and athletic prowess—a common motif seen in Minoan imagery.
The second ring, the second largest gold signet ring known in the Aegean world, shows five elaborately dressed female figures gathered by a seaside shrine.
A third ring depicts a female figure, thought to be a goddess, holding a staff and flanked by two birds atop a mountain glen.
The final ring shows a woman presenting a bull's horn offering to a goddess holding a mirror and seated on a high-backed throne atop of which is perched a bird.

2nd ring

Jean M
03-29-2017, 09:39 AM
There is an article on The Griffin Warrior in Current World Archaeology April/May 2017. https://www.world-archaeology.com/issues/cwa-82-out-now.htm

The article is not online. There is only a brief summary from the editor :

At Pylos in Greece, archaeologists have uncovered that increasingly rare phenomenon: an untouched Bronze Age burial, replete with rich grave goods. But this Mycenaean princely tomb, discovered next to the Palace of Nestor, is causing a stir for another reason: many of the beautiful high-status burial gifts reflect the Minoan culture of the island of Crete. Why are they on mainland Greece?

I have the print edition, which includes photographs of the two rings shown in posts above, plus two others, each showing a goddess with bird(s). There are also photographs of a bronze mirror, ivory comb and gold necklace. Plus there is the reconstruction of the face of the Griffin Warrior, which has been posted here on another thread: http://www.anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?8780-Facial-Reconstruction-of-Mycenaean-era-Griffin-Warrior-from-Ancient-Greece

The authors suggest that the Griffin Warrior was an outsider who married into the Mycenaean royal family, and hence was not buried in the royal tholos, but in a single grave nearby, accompanied by funeral gifts that reflected his origins. They refer to the Minoan symbolism of said funeral gifts, without going so far as to say that the Griffin Warrior was Minoan. Seems likely to me that he was.

Jean M
04-12-2017, 12:29 PM
The Griffin Warrior now has his own website: http://www.griffinwarrior.org/

Jean M
11-11-2017, 03:54 PM
The latest discovery is an amazing sealstone depicting warriors in battle, a mini-masterpiece:


The "Pylos Combat Agate," as the seal has come to be known for the fierce hand-to-hand battle it portrays, promises not only to rewrite the history of ancient Greek art, but to help shed light on myth and legend in an era of Western civilization still steeped in mystery.


01-09-2018, 12:34 AM
They don't have a picture of his facial reconstruction on his website.

01-09-2018, 04:25 PM
What is his DNA breakdown not just his paternal line but his maternal line as well