Poseidon’s Temple could be situated at the Kleidi site near Samikon, Greece. The location corresponds to the area, mentioned in writings by the ancient Greek historian Strabo. He described the shrine more than 2,000 years ago. Now, archaeologists believe they possibly finally discovered this hidden place.
Poseidon’s Temple Traces First Came in Light in Late 2021
The organization’s name, which published the report about the findings, is Phys. Thousands of years of history covered up an ancient temple in the Peloponnese region of southern Greece. Archaeologists are now excavating and studying it. However, it may not be just any old shrine. It could represent a long lost temple of Poseidon. The Poseidon is the mythological god of the sea.
The temple resides near the Peloponnesian coast. Through time, it survived numerous tsunamis. The beachfront location might be able to corroborate this new theory about the temple because Poseidon is a Greek god who ruled the ocean and storms. Traces of the structure first came to light in late 2021. Excavation work turned up the hidden temple.
“The location of this uncovered sacred site matches the details provided by Strabo in his writings,” said archeologist Birgitta Eder of the Austrian Archaeological Institute. The area’s history of extreme wave events may tie into its significance as a place of worship. “”It seems possible that this location may have actually been explicitly selected for the site of the Poseidon temple because of these extreme occurrences,” Mainz University said.
Multi-Year Investigation to Take Place
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The remains are currently undergoing research by the Austrian Archaeological Institute in collaboration with the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Also, with Kiel University, and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Elis. The University Mainz also said the ancients considered Poseidon to be responsible for earthquakes and tsunamis.
Confirming the shrine as the lost temple of Poseidon could take time. Researchers also embarked on a multi-year investigation of the structure, which measures in at about 31 feet (9.4 meters) wide. However, they found at least one intriguing item: part of a marble perirrhanterion, a ritual water basin. We’ll have to stay tuned to see what else comes to light as work continues at the site.
In Greek mythology, Poseidon is the god of the sea, earthquakes and horses. He is the brother of Zeus, god of the sky and Hades, god of the underworld. They are also the biggest gods of the 12 main Greek gods.