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Medusa sculpture in Turkey has been unearthed

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Sculpture of Medusa
Sculpture of Medusa | Photo: Philip Sapirstein, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The sculpture of the head of Medusa was unearthed in 2015 in the south of Turkey, in the ancient town of Antiochia ad Cragum. The city was founded around 170 BCE by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the ruler of Syria of the Seleucid dynasty.

The found marble sculpture may have been part of the front of the temple, which was destroyed during the heyday of Christianity. According to the director of excavations, Michael Hoff from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, fragments of the sculpture were to be burned in a lime kiln. The remaining pieces of the statue were put together using the 3-D photogrammetry technique.

Archaeologists also managed to find the remains of the bouleuterion where council meetings (bule) were held in ancient Greece; collonaded streets; shops; and pool mosaics.


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