Bulgarian Archaeologists Uncover Sanctuary of Greek Goddess Demeter

Professor Krastina Panayotova pictured during excavations near Sozopol

In the Bulgarian seaside resort town of Sozopol, archaeologists have unearthed an ancient temple of the goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone, the private television channel “bTV” reported.
The finds were made at Cape Skamnii in the ancient town of Sozopol. Numerous statues and other artifacts have been found, indicating that the site was a temple dedicated to Demeter and Persephone.
The temple dates back to the fourth or fifth century BC, according to archaeologists. The excavation works at Cape Skamrii began only a month ago, but already several other artifacts were found before this latest discovery, which promises that the area will be rich in secrets from 27 centuries ago, according to leading researcher Krustina Panayotova.
According to Greek mythology, Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, who presided over grains, the fertility of the earth, and the seasons, while Persephone, was the queen of the underworld, and a daughter of Zeus and Demeter.
In ancient times, Sozopol and the surrounding area were called Apollonia Pontica.
Sozopol is one of the oldest towns on the Bulgarian coast. According to historic reports, the first settlement on the site dates back to the Bronze Age.
(source: sofia echo)


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