(Greece) – According to archaeologists, there are at least eighty skeletons shackled together in an Ancient Greek cemetery in the Faliron Delta. Each of these skeletons are bound to one another with iron shackles. However, the reason why they are shackled together does remain a mystery. Experts do have a few theories, however, especially since it looks like they were buried in a way that suggested they were buried with some amount of respect. The skeletons are lying in a row while others are piled on top of one another. Some of them have arms and legs that are twisted, and others have their jaws open.
According to Dr. Stella Chryssoulaki, the head of excavations, “They have been executed, all in the same manner. But they have been buried with respect. They are all tied at the hands with handcuffs and most of them are very very young and in a very good state of health when they were executed.”
The skeletons are located in the Faliron Delta necropolis which is located somewhere in between downtown Athens and Piraeus. This is a large cemetery that experts found earlier in 2016 at the construction site of the national opera house. In Greece, whenever there is new construction, it’s always possible to unearth things from Ancient Greece. The next step is to put them through DNA testing to hopefully gain more insights about the circumstances behind how they ended up in the grave. One thing is clear – they met a violent end.
One of the most well received theories is that these humans were part of a failed coup that occurred in Athens. The cemetery itself dates from between the 8th Century and 5th Century B.C. and if the coup theory is correct, it is possible that the skeletons belong to people who followed Cylon, a nobleman from Athens who organized a coup attempt with his father in law, a tyrant from Megara, and some of Cylon’s followers. The coup was unsuccessful and though Cylon was able to hide and escape death, his followers weren’t so lucky.
Chryssoulaki has said that the period between the 8th and 5th centuries B.C. was a fairly unstable time in Athens, “It is a period of great unrest for Athenian society, a period where aristocrats, nobles, are battling with each other for power.Perhaps with the DNA tests that we will do on these skeletons we may confirm or not this hypothesis that these deceased, these young people could be … part of a coup … an attempt by a noble to take power by force.”