Thursday, May 19, 2011

Archaeology: temple of Greek goddess Demeter and daughter Persephone found in Sozopol

In the Bulgarian seaside resort town of Sozopol, archaeologists have unearthed an ancient temple of the goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone, the private television channel bTV Reported on May 18 2011.

The finds were made at Cape Skamnii in the ancient town of Sozopol. Numerous statues and other artifacts have been found, indicating that the site was, indeed, a temple dedicated to Demeter and Persephone.

The temple dates back to the fourth or fifth century BC, according to archaeologists. The archaeology excavation works at Cape Skamrii began only a month ago, but already several other artifacts were found before this latest discovery, which promises that the area will be rich in secrets from 27 centuries ago, according to leading researcher Krustina Panayotova.

According to Greek mythology, Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, who presided over grains, the fertility of the earth, and the seasons, while Persephone, was the queen of the underworld, and a daughter of Zeus and Demeter.

In ancient times, Sozopol and the surrounding area were called Apollonia Pontica.

Sozopol is one of the oldest towns on the Bulgarian coast. According to historic reports, the first settlement on the site dates back to the Bronze Age.

Undersea explorations in the region of the port have unearthed relics of dwellings, ceramic pottery, stone and bone tools from that era. Researchers have also found anchors from the second and first millennium BC in the town's bay, a proof of active shipping since ancient times.

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