Archaeologists Unearth 2,000-Year-Old Grave Of 'Sleeping Beauty' In Ethiopia (Photos)

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British archaeologists have discovered the 2,000-year-old grave of a woman known as “Sleeping Beauty” after weeks of digging in northern Ethiopia.

During a six-week excavation of the ancient city of Aksum, Louise Schofield and her team unearthed 11 different grave sites, including that of a woman dubbed “Sleeping Beauty.”

Her grave, along with artifacts from the first and second centuries, suggested that she was a beloved and beautiful woman.

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“She was curled up on her side, with her chin resting on her hand, wearing a beautiful bronze ring," Schofield, a former curator at the British Museum in London, told The Guardian. "She was buried gazing into an extraordinary Roman bronze mirror. She had next to her a beautiful and incredibly ornate bronze cosmetics spoon with a lump of kohl eyeliner.”

In addition to the high quality jewelry, including a necklace with thousands of little beads, the excavation site yielded “extraordinary” artifacts dating back to the Roman Empire, Mad News World reports. This suggests that Romans and the Kingdom of Aksum were trading hundreds of years earlier than previously speculated.​

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“Ethiopia is a mysterious place steeped in legend, but nobody knows very much about it,” Schofield said to The Guadian. “We know from the later Aksumite period – the fourth and fifth centuries, when they adopted Christianity – that they were trading very intensely with Rome. But our finds are from much earlier. So it shows that extraordinarily precious things were travelling from the Roman Empire through this region centuries before.”

According to The Inquisitr, the remains from the site will be on display to the public in October in the town of Wukro.

Sources: Mad News WorldThe GuardianThe Inquisitr / Photo Credit: Graeme Laidlaw via USA Today