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Archaic stone head found in Paestum temple


A late-archaic stone head has been found in the Temple of Athena at the ancient Greek site of Paestum (Poseidonia) near Salerno, archaeologists said Thursday.

Archaic stone head found in Paestum temple
Credit: Parco archeologico di Paestum
It appears to have been made out of the same material that some of the decorative elements of the temple were made out of, they said.

Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia, southern Italy.


The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek temples in the Doric order, dating from about 600 to 450 BC, which are in a very good state of preservation.

The city walls and amphitheatre are largely intact, and the bottom of the walls of many other structures remain, as well as paved roads.

The site is open to the public, and there is a modern national museum within it, which also contains the finds from the associated Greek site of Foce del Sele.

Source: ANSA [September 13, 2019]

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