Friday, 10 June 2011

Broken figurines of Keros: New discovery by a British archaeologists can now explain a Greek mystery

Archaeologist have been perplexed by the questions surrounding why beautifully crafted figures made 4500 years ago on a tiny Cycladic island in the Aegean called Keros were destroyed by their creators.

It comes to light that the Island of Keros was used as a ritual destination whereby the inhabitants deliberately smashed prized ceramic objects as part of a ceremonial tradition.

The segmented remains of these objects were then used as part of a pilgrimage around the island to bury the remains as an offering to a deity.

British Archaeologist Colin Renfrew conducted the excavations which led to the remarkable discovery as to why such prized possessions were destroyed.

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