March 05, 2008

Early Bronze Age cemetary in Pella

Kathimerini has a news story about the discovery of an ancient cemetary dating from the early Bronze Age in Pella, the historical Macedonian capital. Excerpt:
Exciting new finds at the archaeological site of Pella have opened a new chapter in Macedonian history. Beneath the ruins of the ancient capital of the Macedonian kingdom is a large prehistoric burial ground that has yielded the first evidence of organized life in Pella during the third millennium BC.

It was while they were engaged in conservation, repairs and other work to highlight the site that the excavation team from Aristotle University came across more than 100 Early Bronze Age burials in large jars, accompanied by marble works of art from the Cyclades, local ceramics and metalware.

The finds are so recent that experts at the Demokritos Center have not yet completed the analysis of bones that will yield precise dates. However, the initial evidence supplements what is already known about Pella in the Early Bronze Age (2100-2000 BC), when it was the most important city in Bottiaea, long before it was made capital of the Macedonian realm. What became known as “the greatest of Macedonian cities” was apparently built on top of the prehistoric graveyard when Archelaus moved his capital there from Aiges, excavation director Professor Ioannis Akamatis told Kathimerini.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Are the bones proper in order to have an anthropological study done on them?
2100 BC was the time when the proto-Greeks entered the Helladic lands.
A very interesting discovery indeed!!!
Especially if there is a possibility for a mtDNA sampling.