2,400-Year-Old Tomb in Iraq Excavated

February 9, 2017
Illustration of relief of Cyrus the Great.

Kyra Kaercher and Katie Downey, graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania and Ohio State University respectively presented the findings of an excavation of an Achaemenid Era Tomb at the American Schools of Oriental Research's annual meeting in November 2016.  A snake-headed bracelet found during the excavation helped the team to date the tomb.  The remains in the tomb were jumbled, possibly indicating that the tomb had been plundered at some point and the disarray made it difficult to judge the age of the contents.  Read more about the excavation in the Ancient Origins article.