Treasures from the Royal Palace at Qatna

Ruins of the Royal Palace at Qatna

German archeologists have discovered a burial chamber in an ancient royal palace at Qatna in Syria. The archaeologists involved in the excavation said that the burial chamber contains hundreds of bones and treasure thought to be 3,500 years old.

The following are excerpts from the news report:

Duck Heads Found at Qatna’s royal palace

The grave in the former city of Qatna’s royal palace contains the remains of at least 30 people and is regarded as particularly spectacular because it had not been previously disturbed by grave robbers, archeologist Peter Pfaelzner told reporters on Monday.

“It’s possible that the remains belong to members of the royal family or household,” the University of Tuebingen archaeologist said.

“We still do not know exactly what role the new burial chambers played related to what we have already found,” he added in comments to the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “There is enough work here for generations of archaeologists.”

The burial chamber was found in the Bronze Age city of Qatna, one of the most important kingdoms in ancient Syria. At its height, Qatna was home to some 20,000 and a major trading crossroads from Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean and from Anatolia to Egypt. Qatna’s enemies burned down the city in 1340 B.C.

Alongside the bones, archeologists found ceramic pots, as well as containers made from alabaster and granite, originally from Egypt. Gold jewels and the stone sculpture of a monkey were also found.

The article contains photos of some of the artifacts found during the excavation.

Another extensive article is found at Science Daily.

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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