Mask of Greek god Dionysus found in Turkey

Hyperaxion Sep 9, 2020

The 2,400-year-old mask was found in the city of Dascylium, in what appears to have been a kitchen, according to researchers.

Archaeologists from the Mugla Sitki Kocman University in Turkey found a terracotta mask, created approximately 2400 years ago, during excavations in the ancient city of Dascylium, in the far west of the country.

According to the researchers, this is the most interesting artifact found in the area this year.

Mask of Greek god Dionysus found in Turkey
(Credit: Anadolu Agency).

The mask is a representation of the ancient Greek god Dionysus and was found in the city’s acropolis. Experts believe it was a votive object, used for religious purposes.

“More information will become available over time with more research,” said Kaan Iren, the excavation leader.

This region had many Greek settlements centuries ago. For the former residents, wearing a mask as a way of paying tribute to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, fertility, theater and madness, allowed one to get rid of secret desires and regrets.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, around 700 BC, Dascylium was conquered by the Lydians.

The mask was found in what appears to have been a kitchen, so scientists hope the excavations at the site will help them find more clues about how people lived there.

The authors hope that, with further research, they will discover more about the region’s cuisine and eating habits 2700 years ago.

“Work continues to obtain seeds and other organic parts from the excavated soil in the Lydian kitchen and its surroundings through a flotation process,” Iren said.


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