2,700-Year-Old Fabric Found in Greece
"This is an extremely rare find, as fabric is an organic material which decomposes very easily."
- Alkistis Papadimitriou, archaeological dig leader
Athens, Greece - Archaeologists in Greece have discovered a rare 2,700-year-old piece of fabric inside a copper urn from a burial they speculated imitated the elaborate cremation of soldiers described in Homer's "Iliad."
The cylindrical urn also contained dried pomegranates -- offerings linked with the ancient gods of the underworld -- along with ashes and charred human bones from an early 7th century B.C. cremation.