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Amazing Discovery By Archaeologists Reveals Stunning Work Of Art

Getting glimpses into the past is always fascinating, and it seems that people from the past are never finished shocking us with their accomplishments. In a recent discovery, archaeologists unearthed a treasure trove in an ancient tomb in Pylos, Greece.

There are a lot of impressive pieces of armor, weapons and jewels in the tomb, but one work of art that almost went overlooked proved to be completely stunning.

The 3,500-year-old tomb belonged to one called the 'Griffin Warrior'. No one really knows who the man was, they just knew that he was a super wealthy ancient Mycenaean. The tomb was discovered in 1930, but legal issues between the founders and the Greek government had limited excavations.

Now, the tomb was finally being dug up and many were excited about what secrets it might be hiding.

Some three dozen researchers worked together to meticulously dig out the tomb near the ancient Palace of Nestor. It took them six months to uncover many of the treasures. They found silver cups and gold rings, and the most amazing discovery of all: intricately carved stone seals.

One seal was particularly shocking. It was an agate stone that was stuck in limestone and at first it seemed fairly insignificant. But after a year of trying to carefully remove the limestone, researchers were stunned by what was underneath.

The agate was intricately carved with a design featuring warriors at battle. There were two clashing against each other fiercely with one fallen warrior at their feet. The seal was used to make an impression in wax of clay, but how the artist was able to make such a detailed carving on such a tiny canvas with ancient tools had everyone in awe.

The stone is about 3.6 centimeters wide, and some of the details in the design are only 1/2 a millimeter, or 1/100 of an inch. The artist's carving is positively flawless, despite the incredible level of detail he put into the tiny scene.

“What is fascinating is that the representation of the human body is at a level of detail and musculature that one doesn’t find again until the classical period of Greek art 1,000 years later. It’s a spectacular find,” said Jack Davis, professor of Greek archaeology at the University of Cincinnati.

“Some of the details on this are only a half-millimeter big, they’re incomprehensibly small."

The discovery has turned the art history world on its head, because a piece like this was unheard of until now. Researchers are now trying to figure out how ancient craftsmen were able to create such intricate designs with the tools they had available.

“This seal should be included in all forthcoming art history texts, and will change the way that prehistoric art is viewed,” notes senior research associate Shari Stocker.

There were over 3,000 objects unearthed from the tomb, and many are still being worked on. Who knows what other surprises await?

Source: Oddity Central
Photo: University of Cincinnati

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