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University of Cincinnati professors make big archaeological find in Greece

Posted at 4:30 AM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 20:38:36-05

CINCINNATI -- University of Cincinnati archaeologists are the talk of the art world after they released details of items found in a 3,500-year-old tomb believed to belong to a Greek warrior. 

Professor Jack Davis and his wife Sharon Stocker are leading the project, which found the remains Davis believes date back to 1500 B.C. They've named him "the Griffin Warrior."

The dig also revealed thousands of objects --including gold and bronze items -- caked in dirt and and limestone.

"Gold rings are really, really rare in the Aegean," Davis said. "There were four gold rings."

The findings show an intricate level of Greek artistry during the Bronze Age. Davis said the details on a seal stone used as a stamp for identity were as fine as a human hair. 


The office still has plenty of work to do with more than 3,000 items found at the Griffin Warrior site. Many of them have yet to be revealed. 

"We have, we think, a near-complete suit of armor that would have been worn by the Griffin Warrior," Davis said. "But it's in hundreds of pieces."

It's expected to take years before all fo the items are cleaned and restored. Stocker is still in Greece, and Davis is headed back soon. 

All of the items are owned by the Greek government, but some pieces could go on tour.