Unique ancient Greek terracotta statue unearthed at Crimean bridge construction site
A part of a unique terracotta statue has been found at the Crimean bridge construction site during underwater diggings near the Ak-Burun Cape, Sergei Olkhovsky, head of the underwater unit of Russia’s Academy of Sciences, said on Wednesday.
|Such objects have never been found in the northern Black Sea area before, according to the head of the|
underwater unit of Russia’s Academy of Sciences [Credit: TASS]
Mass production of terracotta artifacts began in the sixth century BC. Usually, figurines not more than 40 centimeters tall were made. However, the fragment unearthed during the current diggings, is believed to have been part of a bigger sculpture.
Two diver teams are operating in the area where the artifact was found. The divers are manually digging in order to diminsh the risk of damaging valuable objects. The archaeologists plan to conclude the excavation near the Ak Burun Cape by this summer. Meanwhile, the unearthed artifacts will be handed over to the Eastern Crimean Historical and Cultural Museum and Reserve.
The Crimea Bridge information Center elaborated that for more than 2,000 years, the Ak Burun Cape area of the Kerch Bay had served as the main shipping conduit and base on the trade route connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Azov.
|View of the bridge construction site at Kerch Bayin in Ak Burun Cape [Credit: TASS]|
Source: TASS [March 22, 2017]