Ancient helmets and temple ruins found in bargains in southern Italy

Rome — Southern Italian archaeologists found the ruins of an ancient warrior’s helmet and painted brick walls where it may have been the predecessor of a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, officials said on Tuesday. Told.

Dario Franceschini, Minister of Cultural Heritage of Italy, said the ruins dug up in a popular tourist destination in Veria were found in what was Acropolis, one of Magna Graecia’s most important cities. Velia is located 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Pestum, a frequent visitor to the ancient Greek temple.

According to the Ministry of Culture, a recently completed excavation in Veria unearthed a well-conditioned helmet, building debris, a vase with the Greek “sacred” inscription, and a piece of metal that could be a weapon. it was done.

Massimo Ozanna, the director of the State Museum, who previously directed the excavation at Pompeii, Italy’s most famous excavation site, said in the area explored in Veria, after an important naval battle, the war and wisdom of Greek mythology. In the nearby Tyrenia Sea, he said it may contain relics of offerings dedicated to the goddess Athena.

In the Battle of Alalia in the 6th century off Corsica, the Greeks defeated the Etruscans and their Carthaginian allies.

Velia is famous as the home of ancient Greek philosophical schools, including the philosophers Parmenides and Zeno. It was part of Magna Graecia, a region of southern Italy colonized by the Greek city-state. The village of Veria occupied the upper part of the area, the Acropolis and the hillside, and was surrounded by walls.

The founding of Velia dates back to about 540 BC by Asia Minor settlers.

Franceschini said the findings of Velia’s archaeological excavations emphasized the importance of investing in archaeological research to uncover “an important part of Mediterranean history.”

By Frances D’Emilio

Associated Press