The grave of the Griffin Warrior once again coughs up beauty. When the discovery was first released it was a massive story and hailed as a crowning achievement of the year. It’s not often you find a warrior in his armor and with specialized jewelry. In addition to the previous find, a new seal-stone was discovered. These are basically gems the size of beans that have been carved into a unique portrait that you’d find in amulets or rings from the period. The stone became so famous that it got a name, the Pylos Combat Agate. The engraving depicts a warrior engaged in combat with another warrior; preparing to kill him as a third person lies on the ground face down.
The discovery was initially made by the University of Cincinnati but what fascinated the researcher was the origin of the stone. The city it was found near is Mycenaean but the stone is Minoan. This would suggest a transfer of items between the civilizations through trade, cooperation or just plain theft and war. The stone itself was unfortunately covered in limestone and had to be examined through photo-microscopy to show what it used to look like. Some of the details on the stone were just half a millimeter long which once again raises a familiar historical question. How exactly did these people, who were technologically very different from us now, create such fine art with the tools that they had? If we find enough of these stones we may find its secret one day.
This is my original article from when the warrior was initially found and some details about the excavation.
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