Heavy rains in southern Greece have led to the discovery of a bronze bull figure that is believed to have been a votive offering made to the god Zeus in ancient Olympia as early as 3,000 years ago.
Greece’s Culture Ministry said on Friday that the small intact statuette was found after an archaeologist saw a horn sticking out of the ground, following recent rains in the area.
The excellently preserved statuette was transported to a laboratory, and initial examination indicates that it is from the geometric period of ancient Greek art, dating back to approximately 1050 BC. C. to 700 a. It is believed that it was a votive offering to Zeus made as part of a sacrifice, since the sediment cleaned from the statue had different burn marks, the Ministry of Culture said.
Thousands of votive offerings are believed to have been made at the altar of Zeus. Many have been found in a thick layer of ash and are on display in the archaeological museum at Olympia.