Skeleton Wrapped in Gold Foil Discovered on Crete
This tomb in Crete dates roughly from the time of Kings Manasseh and Josiah. From the AP:
ATHENS, Greece — Greek archaeologists have found an ancient skeleton covered with gold foil in a grave on the island of Crete, officials said Tuesday.
Excavator Nicholas Stampolidis said his team discovered more than 3,000 pieces of gold foil in the 7th-century B.C. twin grave near the ancient town of Eleutherna.
Cemeteries there have produced a wealth of outstanding artifacts in recent years.
The tiny gold ornaments, from 1 to 4 centimetres (0.4 to 1.5 inches) long, had been sewn onto a lavish robe or shroud that initially wrapped the body of a woman and has almost completely rotted away but for a few off-white threads.
"The whole length of the (grave) was covered with small pieces of gold foil — square, circular and lozenge-shaped," Stampolidis told The Associated Press. "We were literally digging up gold interspersed with earth, not earth with some gold in it."
The full story is here. I have not seen any photos yet.
The archaeologists have produced a few videos of the excavation before this latest discovery:
The ruins are on the north slopes of Mount Ida, the mythical birthplace of the god Zeus.
HT: Joe Lauer