Woman’s skeleton dating back 4,500 years found alongside gold necklace in Crete

An intact skeleton dating back 4,500 years has been uncovered by scientists in Greece.

The remains, which date back to the Early Minoan era, were found amid ruins in Sisi, in the northern Lasithi region of Crete.

Archaologists are carrying out excavation work on a complex of monuments believed to date back to 1,700BC.

The woman's bones were found inside a box-shaped grave, alongside a gold necklace and a bronze mirror.

Also found were 30 golden beads and dress pins made of copper.

Experts say graves like this are rare on Crete.

The Greek Ministry of Culture said in a statement: "After the abandonment of the settlement by its people, who left almost the entirety of their material culture in loco, a monumental structure was constructed to the east of the village.

"This building became the heart of the later west wing.

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