Monday 7 August 2023

5,000 yo 'Ivory Lady' in Spain

In 2008, archaeologists in Valencina, Spain, discovered a stunningly ornate tomb. The single-occupancy grave, a rarity in itself, contained a treasure trove: a rock crystal dagger, high-quality flint, ostrich eggshells and ivory, including the tusk of an African elephant. The occupant was very high status. Researchers assumed a man died between the ages of 17 and 25. It was a woman. The Ivory Lady’s wealth and social status were impressive even when compared against a database of 2,000 Copper Age burials in the region.