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Neolithic burial site yields unique archaeological find

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    *Neolithic burial site yields unique archaeological find *Hungarian News Agency, April 23 2007 Archaeologists exploring a Neolithic burial site in Tolna
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      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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