Tomb of Bronze Age Minoan man discovered in Crete

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A 3,500-year-old tomb of a Minoan man surrounded by funerary possessions has been found on the island of Crete.

The tomb was discovered during an emergency excavation in an olive grove outside the village of Kentri, in the eastern prefecture of Lerapetra, a statement from the Greek Ministry of Culture said.

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According to DailyMail, the late Minoan grave – which was inadvertently discovered by a local resident via a vertical channel – was in an underground cavern sealed with clay and contained an adult’s well-preserved skeleton.

It is believed it dates to the Bronze Age, some time between, 400 and 1,200 BC.

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The burial was found eight feet (2.5 metres) below the ground and contained funerary possessions such as a cup, a wine-mixing vessel and fifteen amphorae containers.