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Marble statue of Herakles unearthed in Aizanoi

A headless marble statue of the Greek demigod Herakles has been found during the excavations carried out in the Penkalas creek in the ancient city of Aizanoi, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List, in the Cavdarhisar district of Kutahya (Greek Kotyaeion) in northeastern Turkey.

Marble statue of Herakles unearthed in Aizanoi
Credit: DHA

Excavations, carried out with 120 people by the Kutahya Museum Directorate and the Faculty of Science and Letters Department of Archaeology at Dumlupinar University, continue in the ancient city of Aizanoi in the Cavdarhisar district. 

Excavations in the ancient city, which dates back to the Bronze Age and are thought to be one of the metropolises of the period with its historical structures such as the theatre, stadium, Temple of Zeus, and Agora, were concentrated on the Penkalas creek. 

Marble statue of Herakles unearthed in Aizanoi
Credit: DHA

The discovery of the marble statue of Herakles, follows the recent discovery of the heads of the statues of Aphrodite and Dionysus earlier this month. 

Professor Gokhan Coskun, who is heading the excavations, stated that the statue is compatible with the 'resting Herakles' type by the Greek sculptor Lysippos. “Although the head is not preserved,", he said, "we can easily understand that it is Herakles, based on the lion’s skin on it.”

Coskun added that most of the pier walls of the Penkalas Stream had been excavated and that various sculpture pieces are still found in the stream bed.

Source: DHA [December 17, 2021]

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  1. Thank you, please keep us updated and include a map.


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