Greek archaeologists have discovered gold jewelery, weapons and ancient ship buried in a cemetery near the ancient archaeological site of Pella in northern Greece, birthplace of Alexander the Great.
Excavations at Pella revealed no less than 43 tombs dating back to 650-279 BC. Among the most important finds are the graves of 20 warriors dating from the archaic Macedonian now 2600 years. Some of these ancient warriors were buried with their weapons, still wearing bronze helmets and swords, spears and daggers of iron. In his eyes, mouth and chest wore ornaments made of pure gold, decorated with engravings representing lei, panthers and bears, animals symbolizing royal power in that historical period.
“The discovery is important because it brings tremendous light on a period little known, that before the establishment of the first Macedonian kingdoms,” said Pavlos Chrysostomou, who archaeological project leader for eight years he conducted excavations in northern Greece. Professor Pavlos believes that discovery strengthens the theory that the tombs, ancient Macedonian society was organized militaristic manner since its inception.