Sculpture of Artemis unearthed in SW Turkey

A marble sculpture head of Artemis from the fourth century BC has been uncovered in the ancient city of Alabanda (also known as Antiochia of the Chrysaorians) as the archaeological excavations there come to a close. In some of the excavations made at the site, the doors of the ancient city were uncovered, the head of the excavation team, Aydın Adnan Menderes University Archaeology department academic Suat Ateşlier said. The walls from the Byzantine era were also found, he added.

Sculpture of Artemis unearthed in SW Turkey
The marble sculpture head of Artemis from the fourth century uncovered in the ancient city of Alabanda [Credit: Hurriyet/DHA]
These walls and the road were uncovered near the Temple of Apollo, said Ateşlier. “We have also found a very valuable sculpture head in the same area. The quality of the sculpture is very good, and it is in very good condition. This is a goddess sculpture.” He added that experts believed it was of the goddess Artemis, the sister of Apollo.

Ateşlier said they had started in July and this season many newly excavated artifacts has been uncovered at the site. The team closed the excavations on Dec. 20.

This year also geophysical analysis was done in the area and another goddess’ temple was found, added Ateşlier.

The location of the temple was determined, and next year the excavations will be done in that area, he said.

The site is located in Çine, in what is today the Turkish province of Aydın.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [December 31, 2012]

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