A statue of Atlanta, which is about 2500 years old, was installed in Sicily

A statue of Atlanta, which is about 2500 years old, was installed in Sicily

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reconstructed statue of Atlanta

The eight-meter statue, dated to the fifth century BC, restored and assembled in parts, is exhibited in the Valley of the Temples.

In Sicily, an eight-meter statue of Atlanta, dated to the fifth century BC, was installed. It lay among the ancient ruins for centuries and underwent a 20-year restoration. This is reported by The Guardian.

Atlas was one of 38 statues that supported the Temple of Zeus in the Valley of the Temples. In Greek mythology, he was a titan or god who was forced to carry the sky on his shoulders after being defeated by Zeus.

"The Atlas will become one of the main attractions of the Valley of the Temples. We can finally present this monumental work to the international community," said Francesco Paolo Scarpinato, an expert on cultural heritage.

The statues are known to have been discovered in 1812 by Charles R. Cockerell, a young British architect who visited Agrigento to investigate the ruins of the ancient city of Acragas, founded around 582 BC.

Cockerell was one of the first to realize that the massive piece of stone near the old temple of Zeus was not part of the pediment of the sanctuary, but the head of a statue of Atlanta. He later identified other parts of the statue.

According to archaeologists, the Atlas was located on the exterior of the Temple of Zeus, helping to support the roof of the sanctuary, and was never completed due to the war with Carthage. Later, the temple was destroyed by earthquakes.

In 1920, the archaeologist Pirro Marconi excavated various artifacts, which led to the reconstruction of the first version of the statue, which is kept in the Archaeological Museum of Agrigento.

In 2004, the Valley of the Temples Park began a large-scale research campaign under the leadership of the German Archaeological Institute of Rome.

Now the Valley of the Temples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest archaeological park in the world. It covers an area of 1,600 hectares and contains the ruins of seven temples, city walls, entrance gates, an agora, a Roman forum, as well as necropolises and sanctuaries.

It was previously reported that a copper dagger, which is more than 4,000 years old, was found in a forest near the town of Jarosław on the San River in southeastern Poland.

A rare 1500-year-old ring was found in Denmark

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