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Archaeologists have found the skeleton of a woman belonging to the ruling elite whose main characteristic are the gold ornaments that it carried. The remains date back about 4,400 years and is the first woman known so far to be found in Britain adorned with gold.
The woman was about 40 years old, wore a folded leaf gold necklace, amber and lignite beads and was buried for only one or two centuries after the construction of Stonehenge, about 60 miles south-west. Even the buttons on the dress she was wearing were made from amber and her wrist had been adorned with a lignite pearl bracelet.
It was known, until now, that men with high status in southern Britain during the Copper Age They possessed a large quantity of gold, but this is the first time that a woman has been found adorned with this type of material. Gareth Chaffey, in charge of the excavation, thinks it must be a princess or queen of the time.
Most of the materials are sourced from Great Britain, gold is thought to come from hundreds of kilometers to the west and amber from the North Sea.
The woman carried in her hands a cup-shaped container, 25 centimeters high and decorated with geometric figures.
It is considered of great importance also that she was buried with her head facing south. Men and women were often buried in opposite directions - men to the north and women to the south. Research suggests that this was because the figure of women was related to the warm south, while men saw themselves with the qualities of the cold north.
The skeleton and the jewels of the woman were found 18 months ago but have been kept secret until now, after obtaining some conclusions through the analysis of the skeleton and the metal.
The discovery is part of an excavation, still in progress, in which dozens of objects have been found, including four houses from the first Neolithic period, three agricultural complexes of the Bronze Age and several settlements belonging to the Iron Age. The excavations are being financed by the international cement company CEMEX.
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