Archaeologists have just made an extraordinary discovery in Italy: 24 bronze statues have been excavated near Siena, in Tuscany. In perfect condition, they date from the time of the Roman Republic, more precisely from 2,300 years ago!
Some 160 kilometers from the Italian capital Rome, archaeologists have made an astonishing discovery. No less than 24 bronze statues, accompanied by around 6,000 gold, silver and bronze coins, in perfect condition! According to the researchers, they date from nearly 2,300 years ago, between the IIe and the Ier century before our era.
The statues represent Hygeia, goddess of health, Apollo, god of arts and beauty, as well as other Greco-Roman gods. They were found in an old thermal spring. This is also what made it possible to preserve them: they would have been immersed in thermal waters more than 2,000 years ago, probably for a religious ritual.
A discovery that could “rewrite the history” of the passage from Etruscan domination to Roman domination
The period in which these statues are inscribed is still marked by shadow, because it corresponds to a ” great transformation in ancient Tuscany”, said in a communicated the Italian culture minister. Indeed, it is towards the Ier century before our era that Roman domination was definitively imposed in the region, to the detriment of the Etruscan people. Various conflicts broke out during this period, but the statues found bear inscriptions in both languages, thus showing shared rites. Valuable elements which could make it possible to “rewrite history”explains in a press release, Jacopo Tabolli, who coordinated the excavations.
Finally, it is also the greatest discovery of bronze statues after that of the warriors of Riace, in 1972, two large statues dating from the Ve century before our era and discovered by chance during a diving session near the Italian coast. Indeed, most of the other statues of the time were in terracotta, and therefore suffered much more from time. The recent finds will in future be kept in a new museum in San Casciano, while they are currently being restored in Grosseto.