We mentioned the burials from Protaras a few days ago … the Reuters coverage on same provides a very interesting contrast with reports of digs going on in other parts of the Mediterranean … a couple of excerpts:
Locals say it could be the final resting place of Ajax’s niece, contain a golden chariot and will unleash a horrible curse.
But whether a tomb recently uncovered on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus contains the bones and booty of a close relative of a Trojan war hero straight from the pages of Homer or will just yield better evidence for understanding the rituals and lives of ancient Greeks is yet to be revealed.
Local press on the east Mediterranean island have carried wild claims that the tomb belongs to an ancient princess, the daughter of King Teukros of Salamis. Salamis was once the capital of Cyprus’s ten city kingdoms.
Legend has it that the king — whose brother was Ajax and uncle was the Trojan King Priam — ordered that his daughter be buried along with her golden throne and chariot at the point where the sun meets the sea.
But Cypriot experts do not share the local speculation on the tomb’s relationship with the figures of Greek mythology.
“It is impossible to connect the content of this tomb with ancient sources,” Hadjicosti said.
According to Evangelou, it is likely that this is not the only burial site in the area.
I’m assuming Teukros is Teucer … I’m not familiar with this golden throne and chariot story …