- *Neolithic burial site yields unique archaeological find *Hungarian News Agency, April 23 2007 Archaeologists exploring a Neolithic burial site in TolnaMessage 1 of 1 , May 1, 2007View Source
Neolithic burial site yields unique archaeological find
Hungarian News Agency, April 23 2007
Archaeologists exploring a Neolithic burial site in Tolna County, S
Hungary, have discovered what may easily be the most exciting tomb ever
unearthed in Europe, Professor Istvan Zalai-Gaal, who has been leading
the diggings, reported on Monday. The tomb is seven thousand years old
and was the burial chamber of a tribal chieftain. There is a heavy
upright log in each corner, believed to have originally held an
aboveground structure over the two-metre by two-metre tomb. Inside, said
Zalai-Gaal, archaeologists found polished stone axes and other stone
tools typical of the late Stone Age, as well as the largest stone knife
ever to be recovered from that period. They also discovered a decorated
bullhorn, a marble war club and an axe head that though stone, bears the
shape of a Bronze Age weapon. Scientists believe the tribe was aware of
metal tools but did not have the metal to make any, leading them to copy
the form. Also discovered was a necklace made of hundreds of bronze
beads, combined with shells from the Mediterranean, the latter obviously
traded goods, said Zalai- Gaal. One had to be extraordinarily wealthy to
have a necklace like this, he pointed out.
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