Largest ceramic sculpture found at Turkish Aegean coast

Underwater archaeologists located a ceramic sculpture which is said to be the largest ever found. The discovery was made off the coast of the Bozburun in Turkey’s Muğla province.

The sculpture found off the coast off Bozburun (by Hurriyet Daily News)

The sculpture was discovered 43 metres below sea-level during examinations of an ancient shipwreck. The find is said to date to the end of 7th century BC and depicts a Cypriot goddess. Sadly, the sculpture is incomplete as only the lower half was found, along with ceramic plates and amphorae. The main load of the wreckage were plates. According to the researchers the discoveries were scattered around an area of 300 square meters. The sculpture was found under piles of sand after long examinations in the wreckage. The finds indicate that the ship was a Cypriot one. The depicted deity is wearing a long dress. The original size is estimated to 1.2 metres in height.

Documentation of the sculpture (by Dogan News Agency)

(after Hurriyet Daily News & Dogan News Agency)

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