Greeks find gold-covered skeleton

2010-09-28 20:11

Athens - Greek archaeologists have uncovered an ancient skeleton covered with gold in a grave on the southern island of Crete.

Excavator Nicholas Stampolidis says the grave dating to the 7th century BC contained more than 3 000 pieces of gold foil. The tiny ornaments, up to four 4cm long, had been sewn onto a lavish robe or shroud that has almost completely rotted away, and initially wrapped the body of a woman.

Stampolidis told the AP on Tuesday that the find, near the ancient town of Eleutherna in central Crete, is unique in the Greek world.

The grave also contained a copper bowl, pottery, imported perfume bottles, hundreds of beads made of amber, rock crystal and faience, as well as a gold pendant in the form of a bee goddess.