Italy hails ‘exceptional’ discovery of ancient bronze statues in Tuscany

Italy hails ‘exceptional’ discovery of ancient bronze statues in Tuscany

Italy hails ‘exceptional’ discovery of ancient bronze statues in Tuscany

Is written Reuters:Rome, Italy

Archaeologists in! Italy More than two dozen beautifully preserved bronze statues dating back to ancient Roman times have been discovered in thermal baths in Tuscany, in what experts are hailing as a sensational find.

The statues were found in San Cacciano de’ Bagni, a hilltop town in the province of Siena, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Rome, where archaeologists have been exploring the muddy ruins of an ancient bath since 2019.

“It’s a very significant, exceptional discovery,” Jacopo Tabolli, an assistant professor at the University of Siena, who is coordinating the excavation, told Reuters on Tuesday.

Massimo Osanna, a top culture ministry official, called it one of the most significant discoveries “in the history of the ancient Mediterranean” and the most important since the Riase bronzes, a giant pair of ancient Greek warriors, were recovered from the sea. Italy’s paw in 1972

Italy hails ‘exceptional’ discovery of ancient bronze statues in Tuscany

A newly discovered 2,300-year-old bronze statue lies on the ground in San Casciano de Bagni, Italy. Credit: Ministry of Culture / Reuters

Statues depicting Hygia, Apollo and other Greco-Roman deities adorned the sanctuary before being immersed in the thermal waters in some ritual, “probably in the 1st century AD,” Tabolli said.

“You give to the water because you hope that the water gives you something,” he said of the ritual.

During the conflict

Most of the statues date from B.C. 2nd and AD Between the 1st century AD, “a period of great transformation in ancient Tuscany,” when it passed from Etruscan to Roman rule, the culture ministry said in a statement.

It was an era of “great conflict” and “cultural osmosis” where the sanctuary of the Great Bath of San Caciano represented “a unique multicultural and multilingual refuge of peace, surrounded by political instability and war”, the ministry said.

A newly discovered 2,300-year-old bronze statue lies on the ground in San Casciano de Bagni, Italy.

A newly discovered 2,300-year-old bronze statue lies on the ground in San Casciano de Bagni, Italy. Credit: Ministry of Culture / Reuters

The statues were covered in nearly 6,000 bronze, silver and gold coins, and the warm, murky waters of San Casciano helped preserve them “almost like the day they dived,” Tabolli said.

The archaeologist said his team found 24 large statues, plus several smaller figurines, and noted that it was unusual for them to be made of bronze rather than terracotta.

Tabolli said this suggests they came from what he called an elite settlement, where archaeologists also found “wonderful inscriptions in Etruscan and Latin” naming powerful local families, the ministry said in a statement.

According to the Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano, “the exceptional discovery… once again confirms that Italy is a country of immense and unique treasures.”

The statues have been moved to a restoration laboratory in nearby Grosseto but will eventually be displayed at the new museum in San Cacciano, the ministry said.



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