Sembra che l'utilizzazione come sarcofago sia in realtà stata una seconda utilizzazione, in quanto prima il manufatto fu utilizzato come barca. Studi più approfonditi ancora da effettuarsi.
2,600 year old wooden coffin
found near Athens
In September 2013, archaeologists excavating an Archaic Period cemetery discovered during the course of construction works in an area known as the Delta of Phaliro near Athens, stumbled upon a perfectly preserved wooden coffin.
Measuring 1.61 metres in length and 0.77 metres in width, the coffin, which contains the remains of a young man, is made from a single hollowed out tree-trunk which still retains all its characteristics, including its bark and growth rings.
Pottery fragments and general context indicate that the burial dates to between 510 and 480 BC.
The excellent state of preservation is attributed to the presence of clay from a nearby stream. Although research has not yet taken place, it is thought that the tree trunk’s use as a coffin was secondary, having previously been used as a boat.
Source: Ta Nea [March 06, 2013]
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