Ancient Greek Artifacts from the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean are Found in a Bronze Age Cave in Italy
Ancient artifacts from the ancient Near East, including pottery, jewellery and pottery vessels, were discovered in a cave in Italy that dates to around 40,000 years ago.
The cave is located in the region of Verona, about 90km (56 miles) south of Rome.
“It’s amazing to see ancient artefacts like these in such a pristine environment,” said Professor Andrea Lecchia, the head of the excavation team, in a statement.
He said that the artefacts included a variety of objects that had been used by the ancient peoples of the Near East.
“This is one of the most important archaeological finds we have in Italy,” he said.
Researchers have not yet been able to identify the origin of the artefact, but they believe it may be related to the remains of a large settlement that had become extinct during the Bronze Age.
The cave, known as L’Aquila in ancient Greek, dates to about 40,400 years ago, which means it is in a period when the region was undergoing the transition from a Neolithic to an agricultural phase.
In addition to the artifacts, archaeologists also found the remains, which are believed to have been stored in the cave for thousands of years.
According to Lecchi, the artections have been dated to around 20,000 to 30,000 BC.
There have been many finds from ancient times in the area, but this is the first one of its kind.
Lecchi said the artefts were likely used to decorate the chamber where they were stored.
Archaeologists have been trying to determine the date of the cave’s discovery for more than two decades, but no further archaeological activity has been reported in the site.
Lancia said that they have not found any archaeological evidence that the cave is associated with a settlement of the same name in the same area, so the find may not be related.
It is believed that the remains were taken to Verona from a cemetery that had long since been abandoned, and that the area was a Roman colony before the Bronze age.
Ancient Greek artifacts have been found in caves before in other areas of the Mediterranean region, including the area of Cretan, in southern Italy.