Archaeological Discovery

Lindsay Hasapis Discovers Objects From Her Descendants

How were these artifacts formed and where?

There has been a necklace reported in Greece that looks as if it was from ancient times. The woman said her children were digging in the sand and found something that was almost perfectly preserved except for a little rust. I got down there as fast as I could with my team. Once I was there I saw the hole was about five feet deep and three feet wide. I told the family thank you for calling our team of highly trained archaeologists, and told them to please leave so we could start our dig. We are assuming that it could have fallen off of someone’s neck, but only more research will tell us. The necklace was buried very deep and based on the wind in the beach it blew the sand over it for years and years ‘till it got that deep.

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Did We Find Anything Else?

My partner and I kept digging around the entire area with shovels and picks. We had to see if there were any more artifacts in the area. We lucked out! We were digging and found a sandal, I dusted it off to see that has the same engraving as the necklace. The engraving was a square that kept going in and getting smaller. We kept digging to see if there was anything else but there wasn’t.
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How Old Were These Two Artifacts?

The necklace and the sandal had the family crest of a famous ruling family, their last name was Hasapis and they ruled from 300 to 200 B.C. That meant the necklace and sandal was buried anytime in between 2,315 years ago or 2,215 years ago. This was determined through absolute dating, as research was able to determine that the crest was in fact that of the Hasapis family, who historians know a great deal about, because they were so famous. The sandal, which also had the crest dates to the same time period. This was also determined through absolute dating. These two artifacts are primary and non-written sources.

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What We Think is a Reasonable Explanation of to What Happened.

We figured that these two artifacts were worn by a woman of some wealth, as they would both be considered expensive during that time period. We believe that it did not belong to the ruling Hasapis family, but rather distant relatives, as the items that were found with the royal family were much more fancy as well as in a different location. It is highly likely that they belonged to a woman who was a distant relative, because only members of the royal family were allowed to wear the crest. Although she had some wealth, her sandal was relatively simple compared to those worn by the main members of the royal family, as their sandals had gold as well. This was an important family, though.