Source AP ©

Greek archaeologists discover thousands of miniature clay pots and statuettes

Archaeologists in central Greece have discovered thousands of miniature clay pots and statuettes in the ruins of an ancient sanctuary possibly dedicated to the Three Graces.

In volume, it is one of the richest finds in recent years.

Excavations near Orchomenos, 130 kilometers northwest of Athens, revealed sparse remains of retaining walls from a small rural shrine, a Culture Ministry statement said.

But a rock-carved shaft was found to contain thousands of pottery offerings, dating from the early 5th century B.C. until at least the 3rd century B.C, the statement said.

The finds included miniature pots, clay figurines of women and animals, as well as clay busts and lamps.

"The identity of the deities worshipped there is not yet clear, but it is certain that they were goddesses associated with plant growth and fertility," the ministry statement said.

It said a famous sanctuary of the Three Graces deities of growth and beauty was known to have stood in ancient Orchomenos, and one of the offerings was inscribed with the name of Eurynome, mother of the Graces.

Comments
The Decolonization of Western Sahara: A Saharawi vision of the solution
Massacres of Muslim Worshipers in Christchurch: Tragic Insanity at Place of Worship
Christchurch aftermath: Invaders complain of invaders
Putin addresses social issues, threatens USA with Russia's new missiles in his 15th Federal Assembly speech
Putin addresses social issues, threatens USA with Russia's new missiles in his 15th Federal Assembly speech
Putin addresses social issues, threatens USA with Russia's new missiles in his 15th Federal Assembly speech
Christchurch aftermath: Invaders complain of invaders
Christchurch aftermath: Invaders complain of invaders
Christchurch aftermath: Invaders complain of invaders
Christchurch aftermath: Invaders complain of invaders
Putin's new fantastic arms shock the West
Christchurch aftermath: Invaders complain of invaders
Putin addresses social issues, threatens USA with Russia's new missiles in his 15th Federal Assembly speech
Putin addresses social issues, threatens USA with Russia's new missiles in his 15th Federal Assembly speech
Christchurch aftermath: Invaders complain of invaders
Christchurch aftermath: Invaders complain of invaders
The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela
New Zealand: Global idiocy reaches down under
Christchurch aftermath: Invaders complain of invaders
Christchurch aftermath: Invaders complain of invaders
Trump's Dystopian Budget Proposal