Monday, December 22, 2014

New Discovery: Bronze Age beads found in Denmark linked to Tutankhamen’s golden mask

Funerary Mask of King Tutankhamen

CAIRO: A recent archaeological analysis of 23 blue beads found in the grave of a wealthy Bronze Age woman excavated in Denmark in the 19th century has proven the beads’ chemical compositions are identical to those found in the treasures of Tutankhamen, according to Science Nordic.

A Danish-French team of archaeologists, currently working on finds from the Ølby gravesite south of Copenhagen, has used plasma-spectrometry techniques to examine the fragile blue glass beads that were found in the woman’s oak coffin.

The archaeologists revealed that the Danish beads, dating back to the Bronze Age, matched the blue glass inlays found in Tutankhamen’s golden mask. “The two types could have been manufactured in the same Egyptian workshop 3,400 years ago,” researchers told The Huffington Post.

The researchers said this is the first time typical ancient Egyptian cobalt glass has been discovered outside the Mediterranean, and the find helps prove trade networks existed between ancient Egypt and Denmark some 3,400 years ago.

According to Science Nordic, it has been known for a long time that amber was exported in the Bronze Age from Nordic lands and southwards to ancient Egypt. Tutankhamen and other Egyptian pharaohs had large amber chains in boxes in their burial chambers.
   Source: Cairo Post – By/Rany Mostafa

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