San Casciano dei Bagni Spa Bronze Statues Discovered After 2,000 Years Under Water

ROME — The discover 24 perfectly preserved bronze statues dating with 2nd century BC at a thermal spa in Tuscany gave archaeologists a rare glimpse into the past may just “rewrite history”, they say.

The discovery was made at the spa San Casciano dei Bagni in Tuscany, whose millennia-old natural hot springs draw tourists to town to soak in the hot waters like the emperors did.

Archaeologists were hoping to uncover a primitive thermal bath when they found the first hands protruding from the oozing thermal mud two weeks ago. Since then, 24 statues, including a replica of the health goddess Hygieneia with a snake coiled in her arm, along with Apollo and other gods, gods and emperors, have appeared. “This is the most important find from the Riace and certainly one of the most important coins ever made in the history of the ancient Mediterranean,” said Massimo Osanna, museum director general of the Ministry of Finance. Italian Culture said on Tuesday when it announced the location. The town will build the museum in a 16th-century mansion and develop an archaeological park dedicated to the statues to keep them in place, he said.

Osanna said the statues, which were part of a votive stockpile of coins and other artifacts with Etruscan and Latin inscriptions, were buried in the hot waters as part of a religious ritual and not was never found.

Archaeologist Jacopo Tabolli from the University for Foreigners in Siena said the first excavation of its kind was unearthed in Italy. He is leading a team of 60 experts from around the world who will study the statues to fill in historical gaps. “This is a one-of-a-kind treasure,” he said. “It includes an amazing amount of Etruscan and Latin inscriptions and thousands of coins as well as an equally interesting array of vegetable dishes.”

Tabolli calls the find “a discovery that will rewrite history” as it is “Italy’s largest archive of statues from antiquity and in any case the only one with context that we have.” fully restored”.

The hot tubs where the statues were found operated from the 3rd century BC until the 5th century AD, when communal bathing was forbidden during the Christian era. Archaeologists are working to remove the giant stone pillars that blocked the ancient bathhouses, and are the focus of the current excavation. Underground hot springs provide a number of modern spas and baths in the area, many of which use primitive mountain steps and slopes, but the ancient basins have been untouched for centuries. century.

Luigi La Rocca, archeology director general, said archaeologists, geologists, archaeological botanists and relics were involved in the excavation, although no one expected a find. There is no such document.


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