Near London tomb of queen in gold robes



More than four thousand years ago, a noble woman, possibly an ancient queen, has been carefully buried outside the territory of modern London. Archaeologists recently found her grave in a career that is located between Windsor Castle and Heathrow Airport. On gold jewelry shows that this woman was an important person, perhaps representative of the nobility, princess or queen.

The bones of a woman were injured acid soil, which is why it is impossible to precisely date the age findings using radiocarbon and DNA analysis. However, archaeologists have suggested that the time of death between 2500 and 2200 BCE it was not less than 35 years.

The woman had a necklace of gold-plated beads, black lignite drives, resembling the color of agate. Although her robe long ago crumbled into dust, the body of a woman was found amber buttons and fasteners, in which it is possible to predict the location of her outfit.

A team of archaeologists suggests that the found a woman belongs to the people of culture 'Cup — a common Neolithic culture named after the pottery, which remained in their place of residence. The remains of the cups are almost all of Europe, and in Britain was found a few soiled dishes with gold ornaments.

Excavation director Gareth Cheffi, said that they would be interested to know what this place was occupied by a woman in the society. "Maybe it was an important figure in the community, took some high position, by which owned these expensive and rare jewels. It could be a leader, a person with authority or perhaps a member of a noble family — a princess or a queen. "

Her jewelry, which were made of very rare materials are telling indicator of its social status. The analysis showed that gold out of the grave came from Ireland or southern England, and amber — from the East of England or even Baltic.

Besides graves of people of culture cups, archaeologists found the remains of many ancient tools late ice age, as well as other disposal of the time. The researchers hope that the findings will be exhibits of the local museum.


S. Vasilenko

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