Gold Skeleton Found in 2,700 Year Old Cretan Grave

    Greek archaeologists have discovered an ancient skeleton covered in gold!  It was found in a grave on the southern part of  Crete.
    Excavator Nicholas Stampolidis noted that the grave dates back  to the 7th century B.C.  It contains more than 3,000 pieces of gold foil. The tiny ornaments are up to four 4 centimetres (1.5 inches) long.  The gold had been sewn onto a lavish robe or shroud that has almost rotted away.  It initially wrapped a female body.
    Stampolidis told the Associated Press on Tuesday that this finding was located near the ancient town of Eleutherna in central Crete and is quite unique in Greece.

    Stampolidis further stated that the grave also contained a copper bowl, pottery, imported perfume bottles, hundreds of amber beads, rock crystal, faience, and a gold pendant in the form of a bee goddess.