(Greece) – A husband and wife team from the University of Cincinnati, researchers Shari Stocker and Jack Davis, have spent some time looking at an ancient grave that dates from the Mycenaean era in Greece about 3500 years ago and dates from the Bronze Age. The grave was discovered last year by the pair, and since then, they have closely examined the findings.
Among the artifacts located at the grave, where the “Griffin Warrior” as he is dubbed was buried, they found four gold rings. The warrior is dated at around 1500 B.C. and the grave itself was found near the Palace of Nestor, which was associated with the Mycenaean Civilization in Greece. The finding of these rings was a significant discovery that led to some important insights about this early Ancient Greek civilization.
The Palace of Nestor is actually considered to be one of the most well-preserved buildings from the Bronze Age that have been discovered on the mainland of Greece. It was even mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. Around 1180 B.C. the palace was ravaged by fire, but it was rediscovered by Carl Blegen in 1939 and is considered to be fairly in tact.
More than 2000 artifacts have been discovered near the remains of the warrior, including swords and other forms of weaponry. However, the rings are particularly significant because they are made from solid gold, which could indicate that the warrior was also a high priest of the time. Based on the fact that many of the artifacts located at the tomb pointed to the individual having wealth, it caused them to believe that the warrior had a much higher status than being a simple fighter. Not only that, but many of the artifacts were Minoan, which could place the time of death of the warrior to around the time when the Mycenaeans were invading the Minoans in Crete.
Another reason why the rings were noteworthy is because they have Minoan iconography on them. The pair was impressed by the artistry and skill that went into making them, as well. The fact that this item was present in the grave points to the warrior’s actual status. Objects that were selected to be buried with an individual usually were given a lot of thought, which has led to insights about the warrior’s profession.