SIX OF THE BEST… BURIAL ITEMS

Our pick of the strangest ob­jects buried with peo­ple

History Revealed - - REWIND -

1 CHARON’S OBOL

The An­cient Greeks placed coins, known as obol or danake, in the mouths of the dead (not the eyes) so that they could pay Charon. He was the fer­ry­man who took souls to the un­der­world.

2 STONE TOI­LET

One king of China’s Western Han Dy­nasty wanted to make sure he had ev­ery com­fort in the af­ter­life. In his 2,000-year-old tomb, ar­chae­ol­o­gists found a toi­let, still with run­ning water.

3 SER­VANTS

Although small wooden fig­ures, known as shabti, had to do for most of the Egyp­tian pharaohs, some went a step fur­ther – killing their hu­man helpers so they could be buried to serve in the af­ter­life.

4 DOGS

had a The long Aztecs and treach­er­ous jour­ney to the un­der­world, so they took man's best friend as a guide. They could not for­get an of­fer­ing for the Lord and Lady of the Dead too.

5 OSE­BERG SHIP

Two Vik­ing women were found, in 1904, laid to rest in­side a com­plete and beau­ti­fully pre­served ship. The en­tire oak ves­sel had been cov­ered by a mas­sive burial mound, and stuffed with gifts.

6 TER­RA­COTTA WAR­RIORS

Qin Shi Huang had united China in the sec­ond cen­tury BC, but he still needed pro­tect­ing in the af­ter­life. He filled his tomb with thou­sands of the now-famous clay stat­ues.

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