The burial of a 2,100-year-old woman lying on a bronze “mermaid’s bed” discovered in Greece

Archaeologists have unearthed the ancient burial of a woman lying on a bronze bed near the town of Kozani in northern Greece. It dates from the first century BC.

Representations of mermaids decorate the posts of the bed. The bed also displays the image of a bird holding a serpent in its mouth, a symbol of the ancient Greek god Apollo. The woman’s head was covered in golden laurel leaves that were likely part of a crown, Areti Chondrogianni-Metoki, director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Kozani, told Live Science in an email. The wooden parts of the bed have decayed.

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