Sunday, July 13, 2014

Chariot chamber

In the Early Bronze Age, more than 4,000 years ago, lived and died a well-respected chief in what is now Lagodekhi, Georgia, in the south Caucasus.. His 39‘ (12 m) high burial mound – looted in ancient times – still contained numerous grave goods when it was excavated in 2012. A timber chamber within the mound housed clay and wooden vessels, flint and obsidian arrowheads, leather and textiles, carnelian and amber beads, and 23 artistically crafted gold artifacts. Several servants or family members were sacrificed for burial with the chief, and he was laid to rest with a unique wooden armchair and 2 ornamented chariots. But put to rest your visions of a well-appointed leader zipping across the steppes with the wind in his hair. This was before the domestication of horses in the area and the chariots would have been pulled by oxen…

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