Monday, March 20, 2006

New Archaeological Find On Cyprus

An ancient tomb dating to 2500 BC was recently unearthed on Cyprus, according to the AP. "The tomb was found in an area containing several ancient cemeteries which belonged to the nearby town of Palaepaphos, 11 miles inland from modern Paphos. First settled around 2800 B.C., Palaepaphos was the site of a temple of Aphrodite — the ancient goddess of beauty who, according to mythology, was born in the sea off Paphos."

Construction workers stumbled onto the sarcophagus, which contains wall paintings experts concluded were scenes from Homer. The classicists have indicated their belief that the tomb was for a warrior. No doubt that's true as very few peasant types had the wherewithal to create such elaborate burial places.

The story says that this is only the third example of this type tomb ever found on Cyprus. Of the other two, "One is housed in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the other in the British Museum in London...." However, Donald Rumsfeld couldn't be blamed for the looting of these artifacts.

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