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Posted on 12/18/2002 9:37:24 AM PST by blam
Ancient treasure trove uncovered
Archaeologists have found a 2,700-year-old temple which contains objects from across the ancient world.
Gold and silver figures, jewellery and shells from throughout the Mediterranean were gathered in one place on the small Greek island of Kithnos in the Aegean Sea.
The finds suggest the temple was for a female god.
Many of the objects were originally from Egypt, Italy and Phoenicia which is now Lebanon and Israel.
The ancient city was founded during the 10th century BC and abandoned four centuries later, said Alexander Mazarakis-Ainian, over seeing the dig. He is an associate professor at the University of Thessalia in Larissa in central Greece.
The temple was probably destroyed by an earthquake later.
"We knew it was a place of worship ... but we did not except to find so many objects inside. We thought it would have been disturbed," said Mr Mazarakis-Ainian.
"The importance of the discoveries is not so much the valuable objects ... it is the conditions of the find, the fact that they were found untouched," Mazarakis-Ainian said.
Some of objects date back to the Minoan era, around 1,600 BC. They may have been offered at the temple as relics, Mr Mazarakis-Ainian said.
Story filed: 12:17 Wednesday 18th December 2002
It might also suggest that the worship of this particular goddess had a pretty wide geographical distribution -- which to me says that the civilization of the region was sophisticated enough to include "missionaries".
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A golden armored breast plate or ...?
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