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Unearthed Tomb In Metsamor, Armenia Reveals Couple Who Died Together

In the ongoing excavation at Metsamor, a well-preserved tomb with a couple who died together was unearthed by archaeologists.

The discovery was made as part of the ongoing archaeological expedition by a team of Polish and Armenian archaeologists that has been going on for 10 years. The site was Metsamor, once an important religious and economic center in ancient Armenia. The discovery of a well-preserved tomb is considered important because the site has been looted several times over the centuries.

Beads and pendants found at the site

The couple within the tomb is said to have died together, because there is no indication that the tomb was re-opened once it was sealed. The couple was buried in a position of embrace. Apart from the bodies, archaeologists also found many precious artifacts at the site, including hundreds of pendants of beads, gold, and carnelian, and ceramic vessels. Early dating estimate that the tomb came from the late Late Bronze Period, about 3200 years ago.

In a press release, Dr. Krzysztof Jakubiak (Expedition Director at the Metsamor) said: “The death of these people is a mystery to us, we do not know the cause, but everything indicates that they died simultaneously because there are no traces of the reopening of the tomb.

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Metsamor was part of the Urartu empire which spanned modern-day Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Armenia. It was an important civilization that was continuously inhabited from the 4th-17th century, till it was destroyed by foreign nomads. Since the inhabitants at Metsamor had no written language, little is known about their culture.