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3rd-century statue unearthed in ancient Greek city of Perge


Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,700-year-old female statue in the ancient city of Perge, now in Turkey Antalya province.

3rd-century statue unearthed in ancient Greek city of Perge
Credit: DHA
Believed to have been made around the year 300 AD, during the time of the Roman Empire, the exquisite piece of sculpture portrays a woman in floor-length robes. Her head has been broken off but it survives.

3rd-century statue unearthed in ancient Greek city of Perge
Credit: DHA
The city, according to the UN agency, is known for local sculptures, where women were active on an administrative level. It is unknown,  however, at this point, just who is depicted in the sculpture.



According to Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Sedef Cokay Kepçe, an archaeology professor at Istanbul University, is heading up the excavations which unearthed the stunning find. The plans are currently to display the third-century statue in the Antalya Museum when all the necessary cleaning on the piece has been completed.

3rd-century statue unearthed in ancient Greek city of Perge
Credit: DHA
The ancient Greek city of Perge has been the site of systematic excavations beginning in 1946; the area was included on UNESCO’s Tentative Heritage list in 2009 for its great historical significance.

Source: Anadolu Agency [July 27, 2020]

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