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Offbeat Minoan treasures found on Libyan Sea island: experts

12:11  02 november  2019
12:11  02 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Saturday, 02 Nov 2019 08:22 AM MYT. Archaeologists unearthed a 3,800-year-old Bronze Age compound on a small island in the Libyan Sea . ATHENS, Nov 2 ― Archaeologists in Greece have located a “major treasure ” of Minoan origin in a Bronze Age settlement on a small island in the

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a person that is standing in the dirt: Archaeologists in Greece have located a © microgen / Istock.com Archaeologists in Greece have located a "major treasure" of Minoan origin in a Bronze Age settlement on a small island in the Libyan Sea.

Archaeologists in Greece have located a "major treasure" of Minoan origin in a Bronze Age settlement on a small island in the Libyan Sea, the culture ministry said Friday.

A team excavating on the tiny island of Chrysi south of Crete for over a decade have unearthed a 3,800-year-old Bronze Age compound containing gold jewels, glass beads and the remains of bronze talents, the common unit of value of ancient Greece.

Some of the beads are of Egyptian origin, the culture ministry said in a statement.

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The archaeologists also found ancient fish tanks and large amounts of porphyry -- a prized purple pigment of the ancient world derived from sea snails, and later the colour exclusively reserved for Roman emperors.

"The amount of broken shells found...show a very early Mediterranean production of porphyry dye," the culture ministry said.

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The cache "constitutes one of the most important (Minoan treasures) ever found in Crete until now," it added.

The Minoan civilisation, a naval superpower of the Bronze Age era, flourished on Crete and other Aegean islands until about 1500 BCE.

Ancient Greek Settlement With Purple-Producing Shells and Carved Fish Tanks Discovered on Tiny Island .
The site would have been involved in the craft production of purple dye, an extremely expensive and highly prized commodity, in the Late Minoan period circa 1800 to 1500 BCE. In addition to the large quantities of shells found at the site, archaeologists unearthed a treasure trove of valuable objects, including a gold ring, a gold bracelet and dozens of beads made from gold, silver, bronze, and maple. Three copper vases, handfuls of glass beads made from amethyst, lapis, corneal stone and "Egyptian blue," and one seal made of agate were also found during the excavation.

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