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Ancient burial chamber found

2009-09-21 19:08

Tuebingen - German archaeologists said on Monday they had discovered a burial chamber in an ancient royal palace in Syria containing hundreds of bones and treasure thought to 3 500 years old.

The grave, which contains the remains of at least 30 people, was a spectacular find because it had not been previously disturbed by grave robbers, said archaeologist Peter Pfaelzner.

"It's possible that the remains belong to members of the royal family or household," he said.

The archaelogists were from the University of Tuebingen.

The burial chamber was found in the Bronze Age city of Qatna, one of the most important kingdoms in ancient Syria.

Alongside the bones, archaeologists found ceramic pots, as well as containers made from alabaster and granite, originally from Egypt.

Gold jewellery and the stone sculpture of a monkey were also found.