Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations

Source: New York Times

Archaeologists digging at Pylos, an ancient city on the southwest coast of Greece, have discovered the rich grave of a warrior who was buried at the dawn of European civilization.

He lies with a yardlong bronze sword and a remarkable collection of gold rings, precious jewels and beautifully carved seals. Archaeologists expressed astonishment at the richness of the find and its potential for shedding light on the emergence of the Mycenaean civilization, the lost world of Agamemnon, Nestor, Odysseus and other heroes described in the epics of Homer.

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A Warrior’s Grave at Pylos, Greece, Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations
A warrior’s tomb full of precious metals and jewels is expected to give insight into the rise of the Mycenaeans, from whom Greek culture developed.
By Nicholas Wade

“The griffin warrior, whose grave objects are culturally Minoan but whose place of burial is Mycenaean lies at the center of this cultural transfer. The palace of Pylos had yet to arise, and he could have been part of the cultural transition that made it possible. The transfer was not entirely peaceful: At some point, the Mycenaeans invaded Crete, and in 1450 B.C., the palace of Knossos was burned, perhaps by the Mycenaeans. It is not yet clear whether the objects in the griffin warrior’s tomb were significant in his own culture or just plunder.”

Folks! A really cool grave was just discovered (this May!) in Pylos by a team at the University of Cincinnati. Not only are the physical objects unique, but their historical significance is potentially huge!

King Nestor’s Cup, Mycenae, c. 1600-1500 BC

This golden goblet was found by Heinrich Schliemann at Mycenae in Shaft IV at Grave Circle A. A similar goblet is described in the Iliad as belonging to Nestor, King of Pylos with, “four handles…around each…a pair of golden doves was feeding. Below were two supports.” While this cup is not four handled, it does include doves on the handles with supports beneath. Schliemann named it “Nestor’s Cup” due to its similarities to the one mentioned in the Iliad.

Schliemann believed that the shaft graves dated to the time of the Trojan War, and identified Shaft Grave V as the tomb of Agamemnon. However, Schliemann’s identification of the shaft graves with Homeric heroes was not accepted by many archaeologists even in his own day. The shaft graves are conventionally dated to c. 1600-1500 BC, some three centuries before the date of the Trojan War (if the war is to be considered as a historical event). Thus the so-called golden “Cup of Nestor” or “Nestor’s Cup” from Mycenae would have been buried hundreds of years before Nestor supposedly made use of it at Troy.

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Been a while since I drew the palace in the Underworld (based on Piet de Jong’s reconstruction of the Mycenaean palace of Pylos).

My design for Kerberos feels like the worst ever. He’s not even based on a dog breed that they had in ancient Greece. I’m really not a dog person so I’ve never been fond of drawing dogs, and I figured that a three-headed dog would be hell to draw no matter what kind of breed. So I based him mostly on the German Shepherd, one of the few dog breeds I actually think looks a bit cute. XD

Archaeologists say the gold rings, recovered from the grave of a Greek Warrior who was buried around 1450 B.C. in Pylos were rings of power. Credit Chronis Papanikolopoulos/University of Cincinnati

An ivory comb recovered from the grave of an ancient Greek warrior who was buried around 1450 B.C. in Pylos.Credit Department of Classics/University of Cincinnati

Honestly so flattered to announce that I am @pylousa’s girl crush for this month!!! You can read my interview with more pics on their blog ☺️🍑🌾