An excavation of megalithic tombs in Valencina de la Concepción in Spain led to the dramatic discovery of the amazing crystal weapons. These rare relics that the experts described as magnificent, were quite well preserved. Researchers claim that these weapons and objects that are found, could be around 5000 years old and might belong to 3000 BC. The excavation was carried out between 2007 and 2010, in the Montelirio tholos, a great megalithic construction which extends nearly 44 meters that is made out of slabs.
What Are The Crystal Weapons Like?
The archaeologists in Spain, unearthed an extremely rare set of weapons all made of crystal, which includes a long dagger blade, twenty-ﬁve arrowheads and cores used for creating the artifacts. Among all the things that the researchers found, what amazed them the most are the crystal arrow heads.
The crystal arrow heads were found from the same place indicating that they might be used as a ritual at an altar. The archeologists claimed that these arrowheads must have required some great craft skills to develop the unique features using rock crystal.
They also found “an extraordinary set of sumptuous grave goods, the most notable of which is an unspecified number of shrouds or clothes made of tens of thousands of perforated beads and decorated with amber beads,” – as found in ancient-origins.net.
Corpse Of At Least 25 Individuals Also Found At Site
According to the research, at least 25 individuals were found within the structure. Apparently the analysis suggested that there was one male and numerous females who had drunk a poisonous substance, claims the study. Moreover, the remains of the women were sitting in a circle in a chamber, which was adjacent to the bones speculated to be of their chief.
In a second structure, apparently made of the slabs and dubbed 10.042-10.049, The researchers are claimed to have discovered a corpse of a male, estimated to be between 17 and 25 years of age at the time of his death. They found the body to be in a metal position surrounded by a large set of valuable objects such as the Elephant tusks above his head, a set of twenty-three flint blades, and several ivory artifacts.
“The rock crystal dagger blade appeared in the upper level of Structure 10.049 of the PP4-Montelirio sector, in association with an ivory hilt and sheath, which renders it an exceptional object in Late Prehistoric Europe… The blade is 214 mm in length, a maximum of 59 mm in width and 13 mm thick. Its morphology is not unheard of in the Iberian Peninsula, although all the samples recorded thus far were made from flint and not rock crystal.” – as reported in Signs of the Times reports and ancient-origins.net.
The Crystal Weapons Apparently Belonged To Elite Individuals
The crystal material was not something that was found in the area, but these weapons were quite common, which indicated that the builders of these weapons travelled across miles and sourced the material to make weapons for a selected group of people. Because the more sophisticated weapons were buried in the larger megalithic structure, it confirmed that these were for some of the Elites.
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