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Archaeologists Uncover 2,500-Year-Old Artifacts In Western Turkey


Archaeologists unearthed two 2,500-year-old marble statues and an inscription during excavations at the Temple of Zeus Lepsynos, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in Asia Minor, in Turkey’s western province of MuÄŸla .

Built in the 2nd century BC, the temple is located in the ancient city of Euromos.

Abuzer Kızıl, head of the excavation committee and faculty member of the archeology department at Muğla Sıtkı Kocman University, told the Anadolu Agency (AA) on Sunday that the artifacts were unexpectedly discovered during the efforts of restoration and had surprised the world of archeology.

“We have unearthed two very important links of missing archaic sculpture from the region of Caria, and an inscription dating from the Hellenistic period,” he said.

Aerial view of the ancient city of Euromos in MuÄŸla, western Turkey, July 11, 2021 (AA Photo)

Kızıl added that the sculptures fell under the category of kouros, a modern term given to freestanding ancient Greek sculptures.

“One of the two kouroi exhumed at Euromos is naked, the other wears armor and a short skirt. The armor is made of leather and it is remarkable that both statues have a lion in their hands. Iconographically, the lion has of great importance … we have not been able to find exact copies of any of the statues so far, ”Kızıl said.

He said the naked statue has a lion in his hand, indicating that it is most likely Apollo.

Kızıl said the inscription from the Hellenistic period should reveal important information about the history of Caria, and efforts to decipher it continue.