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Ancient Greek altar unearthed in Sicily

Sicily Greek Altar
 
An ancient Greek altar for family worship dating back more than 2,000 years has been found in the archaeological site of Segesta on the Italian island of Sicily, local authorities said.
 
 
HDN Team
 
It had been buried for centuries by a few centimeters of earth and vegetation in the area of ​​the Southern Acropolis at the Segesta site, which is in the western part of the island.
 
Sicily’s regional government said the altar was probably in use at the height of Hellenic cultural influence, just before the rise of the Roman empire in the first century before Christ (BC).
 
Apart from the altar, archaeologists also dug out a similar-shaped relic that they reckon may have been a support for a sculpture. Both finds are perfectly preserved, according to the regional government.
 
The majority of historians believe the trading town originally belonged to the Elymians – one of Sicily's indigenous peoples – before being Hellenised and turned into a thriving polis, or Greek city-state.