SIX OF THE BEST… BURIAL ITEMS
Our pick of the strangest objects buried with people
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.
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.
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.