2,100-Year-Old Skeleton of Greek Woman Found Lying on Bronze ‘Mermaid Bed’

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Archaeologists have unearthed the ancient burial of a woman lying on a bronze bed near the city of Kozani in northern Greece. It dates to the first century BCE.

Depictions of mermaids decorate the posts of the bed. The bed also displays an image of a bird holding a snake in its mouth, a symbol of the ancient Greek god Apollo.

The woman’s head was covered with gold laurel leaves that likely were part of a wreath, Areti Chondrogianni-Metoki, director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Kozani, told Live Science in an email.

The wooden portions of the bed have decomposed.

Gold threads, possibly from embroidery, were found on the woman’s hands, Chondrogianni-Metoki said.

Additionally, four clay pots and a glass vessel were buried alongside the remains. No other people were buried with her.