Thursday, May 10, 2007

Greek archaeologists discover rare example of 2,700-year-old weaving
Archaeologists in Greece have recovered a rare section of 2,700-year old fabric from a burial imitating heroes' funerals described by the poet Homer, officials said Wednesday.

The yellowed, brittle material was found in a copper urn during a rescue excavation in the southern town of Argos, a Culture Ministry announcement said.

"This is an extremely rare find, as fabric is an organic material which decomposes very easily," said archaeologist Alkistis Papadimitriou, who headed the dig. She said only a handful of such artifacts have been found in Greece.

True dat. My first tomb was in the wet wet wet Delta of Egypt, but the lady inside had a copper/bronze mirror that preserved some of the burial material.