They find a 2,000-year-old altar in Turkey that is wound by a stone snake

They find a 2,000-year-old altar in Turkey that is wound by a stone snake


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The ritual object was found during archaeological work in the "cradle of civilizations", as the ancient city of Patara is known due to the many settlements it housed.

A group of archaeologists announced the discovery of an altar carved in marble and with a snake figure that dates more than 2,000 years old, according to the first estimates.

The find came during excavations in the city of Patara, Antalya province, reports the Turkish media Yeni Safak.

It is the first time that an altar of this nature, in which the carved serpent seems to wind itself around the stone, is found in the so-called "cradle of civilizations", as the ancient city of Patara is also known due to the many flourishing settlements it housed.

The object, which also has Greek inscriptions, was discovered in an area near the baths and walls of the Roman period.

«Similar altars have been found in some ancient cities in the southwest of Muğla province, but we have never seen such an example in Patara. This altar shows the relations of the people of Patara with the ‘outside world’“Explained Mustafa Koçak, academic in the Department of Archeology at Antalya Bilim University and vice president of the excavation team that made the discovery.

Koçak added that the ancient inhabitants of the area were polytheists and used to make offerings to appease the gods of the underworld, with whom the figure of the serpent on the recently found altar is believed to be related.

After its restoration, the ritual object will be exhibited in the Demre Museum.


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