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Ancient statues, graves unearthed in Greek field


Greece's Culture Ministry says a Greek farmer's recent discovery of a fragment of an ancient statue while tilling his field has yielded three more statues and several graves in the past month.

Ancient statues, graves unearthed in Greek field
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture


Archaeologists have been busy since mid-October, digging part of a field near the central Greek town of Atalanti, 150 kilometres northwest of Athens.

Ancient statues, graves unearthed in Greek field
Ancient statues, graves unearthed in Greek field
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture


The dig began after the farmer found the torso of an ancient kouros (young man) and immediately alerted the authorities.

Ancient statues, graves unearthed in Greek field
Ancient statues, graves unearthed in Greek field
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture
The ministry said Saturday that a total of four large fragments of life-size limestone statues of young men have been found, along with a triangular statue base.


Deeper down, seven graves with several unspecified findings have been unearthed, likely part of a larger cemetery.

Source: The Associated Press [November 03, 2018]

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