A grave discovered this spring by Jack Davis and Sharon Stocker, a husband-and-wife team in the University of Cincinnati's Department of Classics
, is yielding artifacts that The New York Times
says "could be a gateway" to explain the earliest development of Ancient Greek culture.
"Probably not since the 1950s have we found such a rich tomb," James C. Wright, director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, told The Times
. "You can count on one hand the number of tombs as wealthy as this one," echoed Thomas M. Brogan, director of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete.
The article says Davis and Stocker have been excavating near the Greek coastal city of Pylos for 25 years and were surprised to find such an impressive site basically right under their noses.
"It is indeed mind boggling that we were first," Davis wrote in an email to The Times
. "I'm still shaking my head in disbelief. So many walked over it so many times, including our own team."
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