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Ancient bull figurine uncovered in Greece

Greece's Culture Ministry said on Friday that the small intact figurine was found after an archaeologist spotted one horn poking out of the ground, following recent rainfall in the area.

By: AP | Greece |
March 20, 2021 9:40:34 pm
Ancient Bronze BullThis undated photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry on Friday, March 19, 2021 shows an ancient bronze bull figurine that was found in ancient Olympia . Heavy recent rainfall in southern Greece has led to the discovery of a bronze bull figurine believed to have been a votive offering made to the god Zeus in Ancient Olympia as early as 3,000 years ago.(Greek Culture Ministry via AP)

Heavy rainfall in southern Greece has led to the discovery of a bronze bull figurine believed to have been a votive offering made to the god Zeus in Ancient Olympia as early as 3000 years ago.

Greece’s Culture Ministry said on Friday that the small intact figurine was found after an archaeologist spotted one horn poking out of the ground, following recent rainfall in the area.

The excellently preserved figurine was transported to a lab, and initial examination indicates that it is from the Geometric period of ancient Greek art, roughly dating back to 1050 BC to 700 BC. It is believed to have been a votive offering to Zeus made as part of a sacrifice, as the sediment cleaned from the statuette bore distinct burn marks, the Culture Ministry said.

Greek, Archaelogy, Bronze Bull, Ancient Figurine, Indianexpress It is believed to have been a votive offering to Zeus made as part of a sacrifice. (Greek Culture Ministry via AP)

Thousands of votive offerings are believed to have been made at the altar of Zeus Many have been found in a thick layer of ash and are exhibited at the archaeological museum in Olympia.

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