Archaeologists at the underwater excavations in the area of bridge construction across the Kerch Strait have found a large fragment of terracotta sculpture in the shape of a man’s head, according to the Crimean Bridge information center.
The artifact discovered in the bay at the Ak-Burun cape can be an image of an ancient Greek god made in the form of a bust or statue.
“According to our information, this finding is unique for the Northern Black Sea region, we have not been able to find its analogs yet.To clarify its functional purpose, origin and dating, we will involve leading experts in ancient Greek art and conduct laboratory studies of the composition of clay. At the moment we believe that the terracotta The head was made in Asia Minor in the V century BC “, said the head of the submarine detachment of the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergei Olkhovsky.
The fragment found by the archaeologists belongs to a massive product. The very life-size head is made of porous clay by the impression method from the matrix, the raw clay engraved depicts hair and beard, then the product has been fired. This technology was widely used already in the VI century BC, but usually for the production of thin-walled figurines not more than 40 centimeters high, the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences says.
“The style of the sculptural image of the face suggests that the head was made in one of the Greek cities of Asia Minor in the V century BC, in the era of Greco-Persian wars and the heyday of classical Greek culture,” the report said.
All archaeological finds after the study are transferred to the funds of the East Crimean Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve.
The bridge across the Kerch Strait, which will connect the Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory, will be the longest in Russia – its length will be 19 kilometers. The total cost of the project is 227.92 billion rubles. Beginning of vehicles on the bridge is scheduled for December 2018.
Original: Археологи нашли в Крыму фрагмент уникальной древней скульптуры