Archaeologists discovered a remarkably intact tomb dating all the way back to 1,200 B.C. on the island of Cyprus.
Preserved for more than 3,200 years, the family burial ground contained artifacts from Egypt, Mesopotamia and Syria, allowing for a glimpse into the international trade of the Bronze Age.
The tomb contained eight children aged 5-10 years and nine adults, the oldest of whom was 40 years old at the time of his death, according to archaeologists from the University of Sweden in Gothenburg who discovered the site.
Located in the ancient city of Hala Sultan Tekke/Dromolaxia Vizatzia, the burial site contained a veritable treasure trove of archaeological finds in an offering pit nearby.
The team found gemstones, a bronze dagger, over 100 ceramic vessels, a diadem, earrings, and Egyptian scarabs, among other objects, according to Sci-News.com. The origins of the artifacts reveal a city that flourished amid cultural exchange of goods, with objects coming from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Syria, Greece, and Anatolia (modern-day Turkey).
One of the most important finds of the dig in Cyprus was the ceramic vessels, painted with intricate depictions of chariots, religious symbols and other images.
“What is shocking, what’s really cool about this is the fact that it is so old and a lot of these kind of sites on the island were looted historically, going back all the way to the 18th century,” Jessica Dietzler, an archaeologist who spent five years working on the island, told Travel + Leisure.
“This is a significant find because of the quality of the items, the type of the items and the age of the items,” she added. “This is really astounding.”