среда, 10 июля 2019 г.

Dig reveals bull sacrifices took place in ancient Selinunte

Professor Clemente Marconi of New York University on Thursday presented the results and discoveries of the 13th international archaeological dig in the Selinunte Acropolis, conducted by NYU and the University of Milan in collaboration with the archaeological park in western Sicily.











Dig reveals bull sacrifices took place in ancient Selinunte
Aerial view of Temple C at Selinute [Credit: WikiCommons]

Particularly important were the findings of a votive deposit of perfectly preserved red deer antlers (Cervus Elaphus) and two large adult bull horns (Bos Taurus). The remains are the first archaeological evidence of bull sacrifice in Selinunte.











Dig reveals bull sacrifices took place in ancient Selinunte
View of the excavations at the Sanctuary of Selinute [Credit: ANSA]

Marconi led the dig, in which over 50 students and experts from eight countries participated. The seminar and a guided tour of the dig site were organised as part of the «Worksites of Knowledge» project sponsored by the new director of the Selinunte archaeological park, architect Bernardo Agrò.











Dig reveals bull sacrifices took place in ancient Selinunte
Two pylon holes used for lifting the blocks during the construction of Temple R
and a perfectly preserved hollow libation altar [Credit: ANSA]

Agrò previously organised and directed similar seminars and tours at Medieval and modern monuments in other areas of Sicily.











Dig reveals bull sacrifices took place in ancient Selinunte
Votive deposit of perfectly preserved red deer antlers (Cervus Elaphus)
[Credit: ANSA]

This year’s Selinunte dig focused on deepening two trenches that were opened last year along the southern side of Temple R and between the western side of Temple R and the southern side of Temple C.











Dig reveals bull sacrifices took place in ancient Selinunte
Horns of a large adult bull (Bos Taurus) [Credit: ANSA]

The dig produced important results regarding the most ancient phases in which the large urban sanctuary was inhabited, and regarding activities associated with the construction of Temple R and Temple C.


Source: ANSA [July 05, 2019]



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