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Archaeologists find 1,200-year-old ancient tomb filled with gold

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Archaeologists in Panama have uncovered an elaborate 1,200-year-old tomb containing valuable gold treasures and evidence of human sacrifice.

Dating to around 750-800 AD, the burial site held a deceased chieftain alongside other buried individuals intended to accompany him into the afterlife, according to local traditions.

Inside the tomb were numerous circular gold plates, beads, earrings, bracelets, bells, flutes and teeth-made ornaments.

The 30-something year old male chieftain was buried face-down along with 8-32 other people, as was customary for high-status individuals to be joined by “companions” to aid their transition.

“[She] explained that the excavation of the burial has not been completed, therefore, it cannot be determined at the moment how many people were buried with him,” the release noted.

The discovery provides new insights into the rare burial practice of simultaneous multiple burials during this time period in ancient Panamanian society.

The gold artifacts and sacrificial burials make this an exceptionally preserved find that enhances understanding of the region’s pre-Columbian cultures.

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