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Altar site for Greek goddess Demeter unearthed in Turkey’s ancient city of Blaundus

An altar site for the Greek goddess Demeter was unearthed during the ongoing excavations in the ancient city of Blaundus, located within the borders of the Ulubey district of Uşak.

Blaundus Ancient City which is located on the top of a hill looks like a peninsula surrounded by three-stream beds and it is 40 km away from Uşak. The city which is close to the border of  Phrygia In the Lydia Region was built in the Hellenistic period (B.C. III. C.) by Macedonians after Alexander the Great’s military expedition to Anatolia. Then, it was occupied with the Kingdom of Pergamum and the Roman Empire. The place which was a military city during the period of the Pergamum Kingdom maintained its strategic importance in the Roman and Byzantine periods as well.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Birol Can, an archaeology professor at Uşak University, said that the altar site was discovered in the courtyard of the temple of the goddess Demeter, which symbolizes agriculture, grain, and harvest in mythology.

A view of the altar site, Blaundus, western Turkey. Photo: AA
A view of the altar site, Blaundus, western Turkey. Photo: AA

“It has at least two steps, measuring approximately 5 meters by 4 meters (16.4 feet by 13.1 feet),” Can said. “We do not have much data on its superstructure.”

“Thanks to its foundations, we are able to deduce its plan. Again during the work, a piece of an altar table, which we think was located on this altar, was found,” he added.

Altars, Can said, are one of the structures that people who come to the site for worshipping have direct contact with, adding that people who come here do not enter the temple but the courtyard.

 An aerial view of the altar site, Blaundus, Uşak, western Turkey
An aerial view of the altar site, Blaundus, Uşak, western Turkey. Photo: AA

“If they are going to sacrifice or make any offer, they do it in front of this altar. Therefore, the altar is a structure from the same period, the same age as the temple,” he added.

The Temple of Demeter was highly respected at that time, Can said, and they plan to continue the work in the region next year and complete the restoration work.

Two 2000-year-old statues, thought to belong to the Roman Period, were unearthed in the ancient city in the past few days.

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