People: Unbelievable Ancient Crown Discoveries

People: Unbelievable Ancient Crown Discoveries

Awesome People: Unbelievable Ancient Crown Discoveries

From the crown that adorned king tutankhamun’s royal head to the oldest crown ever to be discovered, here are the 8 Most Incredible Discoveries, all about crowns.

8. Cursed Crown of Queen Yaba
For some reason, adorning a head with precious metals and jewels is a universal symbol of power. From the 10th century BCE to around 5th, the Assyrians dominated the area of land known as Mesopotamia. Nimrud was one of their most important cities and held one of the most luxurious tombs of all time. Researchers uncovered the burial sites of several of the most powerful queens of the Assyrian reign. One of these women, Queen Yaba, wife of Tiglath-Pileser III, was uncovered buried in a decorated tomb beneath the floors of the Nimrud palace. With her was a crown made entirely of carefully shaped gold and a harem of gilded treasures. A curse was written on the walls of her resting place, warning that anyone who desecrated her final resting place would eternally wander the countryside parched and with an unquenchable thirst.

7. Diadem of King Tut
King Tutankhamun is one of the most well known Egyptian pharaohs of all time. Forgotten by history at first, he was uncovered in 1922 in an incredibly well preserved state. A boy king, he was only around nine years old when he became pharaoh and ruled for around a decade before his death at the age of nineteen from an infected leg wound…or an ostrich fight…or genetic material from his brother-sister parents. After his mysterious death, he was not referenced often in Egyptian record keeping and became lost to history for some time, especially after construction of a different tomb buried the entrance to his. Countless artifacts ranging from childhood toys to currency were uncovered with his mummy, including this spectacular crown. It’s called a diadem. Diadems were a sort of crown used to hold the wigs of Egyptian nobility in place. King Tut’s diadem contained many colorful jewels and featured the likenesses of the vulture goddess, Nekhbet, and the cobra goddess, Wadjet to offer protection and guidance to the young king.

6. The Crown of Baekje
In 18 BCE, King Onjo founded the Korean kingdom of Baekje. An incredibly powerful kingdom, Baekje flourished and formed colonies in China and other nearby regions due to its immense military prowess and ties to the Japanese. The warriors of the Baekje were amazing sailors and commanded the sea with ease. Due to the extensive travels of the kingsmen, life during the era was heavily influenced by outside powers. This can be clearly seen in the Crown of Baekje, a pair of thin, impossibly intricate golden ornaments worn by King Muryeong during his reign from 501 CE to 523 CE. The crown ornament was named the Geumjegwansik, and was worn on the sides of a special cap, giving the wearer an almost winged appearance, like the greek god Hermes. Excavated from King Muryeong’s tomb in 1971, the Geumjegwansik was designated as the 154th national treasure of Korea on July 9th, 1974. Other similar crowns have been discovered since, including one that is absolutely identical to that of King Muryeong that likely belonged to his queen.

5. Crown of a Khagan
The image of a vicious Mongol Horde still strikes fear into the hearts of many to this day. The historical accounts of Mongols on a battlefield remain alive through stories of their incredible, ruthless military prowess and amazing social advancements that were far ahead of their time. Bilge Khagan, known as the “Wise Khan”, ruled from the Black Sea to Korea until he was poisoned by a high governor of the empire. In 2001, the first ever major treasure belonging to e pre-Islamic Khan was uncovered, and it included a stunning golden crown. This crown was engraved with the image of a mythological bird carrying a ring. Similar markings found elsewhere on the crown and in other areas of the discovery were recognized on a monument to Bilge Khagan, leading researchers to believe the crown belonged to either the Wise Khan himself or his son, Inel.
4. 4000 Year Old Copper Crown
3. Alexander the Great’s Crown:
2. Spanish Bronze Age Crown:
1 The Oldest Crown in the World

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