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Rare late bronze age crown found in Pieria (photo)

Diadem belonged to young girl

A rare diadem dated to the later bronze age (1,500-1,200 BC) was brought to light at Pydna Pieria, and will be put of public display at the Archaeological Museum of Dion in central Macedonia. The coronet was unearthed among among a trove of other valuable personal items found in the grave of a young girl. It had three layers of jewelries across it and covered the forehead of the skeleton. The Pieria Archaeological Department will present the rare finding during an event that is scheduled to take place at the Archaeological Museum of Dion. Archaeologist Konstantinos Noulas said the skeleton of the immature girl was found a strongly contacted position in the grave. The skeleton was adorned with numerous jewels and precious items, including a necklace with glass beads and carnelian (a semi-precious stone), a bracelet and three bronze rings, while pottery surrounded the interior of the grave. A bronze umbilical belt was found on the young girl’s skeleton, while the cause of her death i still unknown. The town of Pydna is considered the most significant city in Pieria and one of the most important settlements in Macedonia. The head archaeologist of the excavations on site, Mattheos Besios said nearly 1,100 graves were found in the cemetery outside the northern gates of Pydna from the later bronze age till the Hellenistic period.

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