A crime of 2500 years


A hundred binded skeletons were uncovered in a necropolis of Athens. Archeologists endeavor to comprehend the mystery of their execution.

Who were they and why were they slaughtered? In Athens, an examination was opened after the revelation of a hundred skeletons hinting at a rough demise that happened over 2,500 years prior. The scene of the wrongdoing: a tremendous necropolis utilized from the eighth to the fifth century BC. Advertisement in the shoreline resort of Phalère, the antiquated port of the Greek city. There are no landmarks or epigraphs, as in the other Athenian burial ground of the Ceramics, however straightforward tombs dove in a sandy soil.

Archeologists have revealed since 2012 weird skeletons. With their situation is practically hopeless, in the back or on the stomach, their feet in some cases stumbled, some of them even refreshed on the ground as a definitive shock. The discoveries finished in the spring of 2016 with the opening of a tomb containing the remaining parts of 80 fastened men , a revelation „unrivaled” in Greece , as per prehistorian Stella Chrysoulaki.

Youthful and all around sustained, as per the primary signs of their teeth, they were arranged in three columns, some on their backs, others on their stomachs, fifty-two of them extended with their arms raised. When they were done with a blow on the skull, they were clearly casualties of a „political execution”, which could be dated, as per two pots found in the tomb, from 675 to 650 years BC., clarifies Mrs. Chrysoulaki.

This period is that of the arrangement of the city-state and the progress to vote based system, against a background of solid political turmoil, pressures between despots, privileged people and common laborers, „says the bioarchaeologist Eleanna Prevedorou, who directs the examination „Forensic” on these antiquated passings at the American School of Art.

Cylon’s supporters?

As per a speculation thought about by the archeologists, in view of the records of the antiquated creators Herodotus and Thucydides, the perished could be the supporters of the blue-blood and ex-Olympic champion Cylon, slaughtered by the effective opponent family of the Alcméonides after a fizzled endeavor of Impose an oppression. To attempt to illuminate the case, „we will utilize generally every one of the strategies made renowned by the TV arrangement of crime scene investigation,” says Panayotis Karkanas, executive of the ultra-present day research center Malcom Wiener facilitated by the American School .

In a corner, a skeleton with arms curved in the back, vouches for the antiquated brutality, far expelled from the admired portrayals of Greek elegance: it could be a „captive of war, a criminal or a slave revolted”, clarifies Mrs Prevedorou. Ten of the „80 Chains” must go along with him in the research center by the harvest time, their colleagues of incident staying on the spot for a future display of their last living arrangement, inside the social focus Niarchos du Phalère.

Indeed, even the apparently disconnected dead, including the many little children found in funerary containers, will have the capacity to discuss their ways of life, their ailments, revealing more insight into the ancient Athens, Karkanas calls attention to.

Working nearer to man and his indigenous habitat, bioarchaeology is indispensable to remember the regular daily existence of classical characters. Composed and great sources, regardless rarer for the antiquated period, take the stand to the historical backdrop of the „elites and victors”. To allude to them just to interpret the past, it would resemble „relying today just on daily papers to realize what is going on the planet,” he includes.


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