Ancient helmet, temple remains found during excavations in southern Italy
Ancient helmet : Archaeologists in southern Italy have discovered warrior in ancient helmets and the ruins of a painted brick wall that may have been the precursor to a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, officials said.
Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini says the remains excavated at the popular tourist destination of Velia , one of the most important cities in Magna Graecia , were found on the Acropolis. Which is 40 kilometers (25 mi) southeast of Velia Paestum , which is also a much sought-after site of ancient Greek temples.
The Ministry of Culture also says that recently completed excavations at Velia have yielded a pair of ancient helmets in good condition and the remains of a building, a vase with a Greek inscription for “sacred” and possibly metal fragments of weapons.
Massimo Ossanna, director of the State Museum, who previously directed the long-term excavations at Pompeii, Italy’s most famous excavated site, has said that the area discovered at Velia may have contained mythological figures of war and knowledge after an important naval battle. There are remains of offerings made to the Greek goddess Athena.
In a 6th-century battle off the coast of Corsica, the Greek army was victorious over a team of Etruscan forces and their Carthaginian allies.
Velia is famous for being the home of an ancient Greek school of philosophy, including the philosophers Parmenides and Zeno. It was part of Magna Graecia, the region of southern Italy colonized by Greek city-states.
The settlement of Velia occupied an upper part of the area, or acropolis, as well as the hills, and was surrounded by a wall. Which was founded around 540 BC by colonists from Asia Minor.
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