Archaeologists Turkey Gudahya Damlupanar University says it has found statues of two heads of Greek gods at an archeological site in the west of the country.
Excavations took place at the Isonoy archeological site, and in late October the statues of Aphrodite and Dionysus were 5,000 years old.
Statue of Dionysus discovered at an archeological site in Turkey in October 2021 – Photo: Breeding / University Kütahya Dumlupınar
Artefacts depict two gods from the Greek Pantheon. Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty and Dionysus the god of wine.
The co-ordinator of the archeological site, Kogan Goskun, a professor at Gudahya Damlupaner University, said in an interview with Anatolia that 100 people were involved in the discovery.
Aphrodite’s head among excavations in western Turkey – Photo: Breeding / University Gudahiya Damlupanar
“These are important discoveries because they show that the polytheistic practices of ancient Greece continued for many years and were not lost during the Roman Empire,” Goscunn said.
The researcher also said that the excavations revealed that a statue workshop was in operation in the area under study.
Archaeologist excavates Aphrodite statue at Turkish archeological site – Photo: Breeding / University Kütahya Dumlupınar
The city of Eisenhower, about 300 kilometers from Istanbul, is well known for its ancient temple dedicated to Zeus, the god of the gods.
The exploited area was nominated on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012 and is rated by the United Nations. It was part of a territory owned by the Greeks in ancient times.
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