3,500-year old Mycenaean masterpiece seal discovered in Pylos stuns experts

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3,500-year old Mycenaean masterpiece seal discovered in Pylos stuns expertsUS archaeologists Jack Davis and Sharon Stoker of Cincinnati University unearthed in the Tomb of Warrior in Pylos a tiny object about 3.5 centimeters in size

A seal discovered in Pylos has left scientists speechless. On an agate gem, that was found in the "Tomb of the Warrior" in Pylos and dates back to 1500 BC, there is a carving which depicts three warriors in battle.

US archaeologists Jack Davis and Sharon Stoker of Cincinnati University unearthed in the Tomb of Warrior in Pylos a tiny object about 3.5 centimeters in size.

But when the antiquities restorer removed all the impurities from the surface of the "bead", what was unveiled left everyone amazed: An agate seal with an engraved drawing of amazing art and detail depicting an impressive battle scene featuring a warrior-hero, naked and with long hair.

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According to an American report invoking a statement by Malcolm H. Wiener, a renowned expert in Aegean prehistory, it is "one of the greatest masterpieces of art in the Aegean that can be compared to some designs by Michaelangelo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York."

“The detail is astonishing, especially given the size. Aesthetically, it’s a masterpiece of miniature art,” noted John Bennet, director of the British School at Athens, an archaeological institute. told the New York Times.

It is still unclear, nevertheless, if it depicts a battle scene from Homer's "Iliad" or "Odyssey", or some other circumstance.

In just two years, archaeologists have unearthed in the tomb more than 3 thousand different items, including four gold rings, silver goblets, beads made of precious stones, skilfully made combs of tusks, a sword, and other weapons.

Background of Pylos

Pylos historically also known under its Italian name Navarino, is a town and a former municipality in Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Pylos-Nestoras, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit. It was the capital of the former Pylia Province. It is the main harbour on the Bay of Navarino. Nearby villages include Gialova, Pyla, Elaiofyto, Schinolakka, and Palaionero. The town of Pylos has 2,767 inhabitants, the municipal unit of Pylos 5,287 (2011). The municipal unit has an area of 143.911 km2.

It has a long history, having been inhabited since Neolithic times. It was a significant kingdom in Mycenaean Greece, with remains of the so-called "Palace of Nestor" excavated nearby, named after Nestor, the king of Pylos in Homer's Iliad. In Classical times, the site was uninhabited, but became the site of the Battle of Pylos in 425 BC, during the Peloponnesian War. Pylos is scarcely mentioned thereafter until the 13th century, when it became part of the Frankish Principality of Achaea. Increasingly known by its French name of Port-de-Jonc or its Italian name Navarino, in the 1280s the Franks built the Old Navarino castle on the site. Pylos came under the control of the Republic of Venice from 1417 until 1500, when it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans used Pylos and its bay as a naval base, and built the New Navarino fortress there. The area remained under Ottoman control, with the exception of a brief period of renewed Venetian rule in 1685–1715 and a Russian occupation in 1770–71, until the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence in 1821. Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt recovered it for the Ottomans in 1825, but the defeat of the Turco-Egyptian fleet in the 1827 Battle of Navarino forced Ibrahim to withdraw from the Peloponnese and confirmed Greek independence.

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