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14 December 2008
Prehistoric bronze hoard found off Greek beach

A hoard of 4,500-year-old copper weapons recovered off a northern beach is the largest of its kind ever found in Greece. A Culture Ministry statement says the discovery includes at least 110 ax and hammer heads, but several more should be extracted from compacted masses of corroded metal. The ministry says they were probably buried at a time of unrest or war. The hoard would have represented a fortune at the time. The statement says there were no traces of a shipwreck. The site was probably a coastal area flooded by rising sea levels. The tools were discovered near the village of Mesi, 500 miles (800 kilometers) northeast of Athens. Archaeologists recovered it from a depth of 3 1/2 yards.

Source: The Seattle Times (11 December 2008)

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