A team of American archaeologists discovered two ancient Greek royal tombs dating back about 3,500 years near the site of the ancient city of Pylos in southern Greece.
The two tombs are built in a dome-shaped structure called tholos. One tomb has a diameter of about 12 m and the other has a diameter of about 8.5 m.
According to NPR , among the findings inside the tombs are evidence of gold-lined floors, gold rings and gold pendants featuring the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor.
The jewel shows Pylos dealing with Egypt in the Greek Mycenaean civilization, which existed between 1650 and 1100 BC. Homer’s epic is set in later stages of this period.
The findings shed new light on the role of the ancient city – mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey epic – in the Mediterranean commercial models of the Late Bronze Age.
Jack L. Davis and Sharon R. Stocker, an archaeological team from the University of Cincinnati, have found these two tombs. Previously, they discovered another nearby burial ground in 2015 called the tomb of Griffin Warriors. The monument brought important findings including treasures of gold and silver, jewels and a long copper sword believed to belong to one of the first kings of Pylos.