'Cypriot deity' discovered off the coast of Turkey
Turkish researchers have discovered a unique piece of a large terracotta sculpture off the coast of Bozburun, near the Greek Dodecanese islands, which is alleged to belong to a Cypriot deity.
|The 2,700-year-old sculpture found during examinations in a ship wreckage, which was unearthed last year|
in November, is thought to be a Cypriot goddess [Credit: DHA]
Ozdas said: “For the first time in our country we have found a terracotta sculpture of this size and we can understand nowadays that the most important communication and interaction between the Mediterranean civilizations in ancient times was provided by sea.”
|The sculpture was found at a depth of 43 metres, and is thought to date back to the archaic period |
Turkish archaeologists also uncovered a number of other amphorae and ceramic plates in the wreck, which is estimated to be from the seventh century BCE.
|Only the the lower part of sculpture has been found so far, but archaeologists believe that the upper part |
of the sculpture is in the same place [Credit: DHA]
The archaeological teams are continuing to dive and excavate in the area in hopes of finding more pieces of the statue.
Source: SigmaLive [January 21, 2017]