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2 ancient, intact chamber tombs unearthed in southern Greece

GREECE - AUGUST 04: Cultivated land in Nemea, Peloponnese, Greece. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Greece’s culture ministry says two intact chamber tombs dating from 1400 to 1200 B.C. have been unearthed near the southern town of Nemea at a site already known for its cluster of tombs, most of which had been looted before their discovery.

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The ministry said Sunday that the newly found tombs include two full burials and bones from 14 individuals whose remains had been transferred from other tombs.

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Excavation at the Aidonia burial site began in the late 1970s after the site containing tombs from 1700-1100 B.C. had already been extensively looted, probably in 1976-77. Findings included a trove of ancient jewelry. Several items of jewelry that appeared in a 1993 auction in New York turned out to be from the same site and were subsequently returned to Greece.

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