The head of a statue of Aphrodite found in Turkey

The head of a statue of Aphrodite found in Turkey


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Last year an archaeological team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found a marble head from a statue of Aphrodite lying on the ground. He also unearthed a mosaic from the Roman era in southern Turkey.

This finding demonstrates the impact that the Roman and Greek cultures had on the region Twenty centuries ago, according to the project director and professor of Art History at UNL, Michael Hoff. According to him, it is the only piece of a monumental sculpture found so far in an archaeological excavation begun eight years ago. At the Cragnum site, in Antioquia, an ancient Mediterranean city that could have been populated by 8,000 people.

Last year, Hoff's team of researchers found a mosaic considered the largest of its kind in the region. Experts believe it was used as an ornament in a plaza next to large Roman baths. According to Hoff it is rare to find a floor mosaic.

The head of aphrodite helped to find the remains of what appears to be a Roman temple that, in turn, includes a second floor mosaic.

In collaboration with Clark University in Worcester and Ataturk University in Turkey, the project has excavated deposits in an area of ​​200 square kilometers where Antioquia was located. These findings serve to demonstrate the connection between the settlers of Antioch and Rome, despite the distance.

Anyway no further evidence of this relationship has been found due to the effects of time and because in the fourth century the area was populated by Christians, who destroyed the pagan representations.

The archaeologists' tasks include cleaning a marble pool in the center of the square, as well as finding two stairs to the pool and benches on the sides.

Starting at columns found in the area, it is believed that they have found a Roman temple. As for the mosaic of the temple, which reaches 180 square meters, it contains geometric designs, images of fruits and flowers. Hoff discards the connection between this mosaic and the one in the square, as they were designed by different authors.

Anyway, the important thing now is to guarantee the protection of these archaeological remains, as well as to allow their exposure to the public.

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