An elaborate 4000-year-old burial site has been unearthed in the country of Georgia. Brimming with gold artifacts, rare jewelry, and two wooden chariots, archaeologists think it is the burial grounds of a powerful chief. Six additional human remains found at the site are thought to be members of the family or sacrificed servants, LiveScience reports. The discovery was presented this month at the International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East.
4,000-Year-Old Burial with Chariots Discovered in South Caucasus
By Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor | June 25, 2014 07:04am ET
An ancient burial containing chariots, gold artifacts and possible human sacrifices has been discovered by archaeologists in the country of Georgia, in the south Caucasus.
The burial site, which would’ve been intended for a chief, dates back over 4,000 years to a time archaeologists call the Early Bronze Age, said Zurab Makharadze, head of the Centre of Archaeology at the Georgian National Museum.
Archaeologists discoveredthe timber burial chamber within a 39-foot-high (12 meters) mound called a kurgan. When the archaeologists reached the chamber they found an assortment of treasures, including two chariots, each with four wooden wheels. [See Images of the Burial Chamber & Chariots]