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2,100-year-old statues discovered in northeastern Turkey


Researchers say they have discovered 2,100-year-old statues during the first scientific archaeological excavations at the ancient Kurul Castle in the port city of Ordu in Turkey's Black Sea region.

2,100-year-old statues discovered in northeastern Turkey
Credit: Arkeolojihaber
Carried out by a team of 25 archaeologists and 15 workers, the excavations are being supervised by Professor Süleyman Şenyurt of the Department of Archaeology at Gazi University.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday, Şenyurt said the statues were found close to the surface, near what used to be a ritual area, and were made from baked earth.

According to Şenyurt, statues depicting the Greek gods Dionysus and Pan were found, along with several containers with goat figures on them.

2,100-year-old statues discovered in northeastern Turkey
Credit: Arkeolojihaber
"These containers are used in rituals," he said.

Adding that another statue of a child was found in the same area, Şenyurt said he was hopeful about future discoveries.

The excavations, which began recently, are estimated to continue until October, with the castle expected to be opened to visitors in its entirety next year.

2,100-year-old statues discovered in northeastern Turkey
Credit: Arkeolojihaber
In the past years, researchers discovered a 110-centimeter-long, marble statue of Mother Goddess Cybele in the 2,300-year-old castle.

Kurul, which is believed to be Mithridates VI's castle, was a significant settlement, according to Professor Şenyurt.

The Mithridatic dynasty, also known as the Pontic dynasty, founded by Mithridates I Ktistes (Mithridates III of Cius) in 281 BC. The dynasty reached its greatest extent under the rule of Mithridates IV, who is considered the greatest ruler of the Kingdom of Pontus.

Source: Daily Sabah [August 02, 2018]

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