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2,200-Year-Old Lion Statue Unearthed in Turkey

Friday, September 20, 2019

Turkey Lion StatueÇANAKKALE, TURKEY—Hurriyet Daily News reports that archaeologists led by Nurettin Arslan of Çanakkale University discovered a second-century B.C. lion sculpture carved from stone at the site of the ancient city of Assos in northwestern Turkey. Arslan said the Hellenistic sculpture was found in a complex of buildings that may have functioned as an inn. The statue is thought to belong to one of the graves near the western entrance of the city's necropolis. The excavation team also uncovered a 1,500-year old oven with three pots in the city’s agora. To read about a lush first-century A.D. public park at Aphrodisias, go to "The Archaeology of Gardens: Urban Gardens."

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