You Never Know What May Surface in Greece Construction

Like the head of an ancient Greek god, for example
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 16, 2020 10:45 AM CST
You Never Know What May Surface in Greece Construction
In this photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry, a head of the ancient god Hermes is pictured after being found during sewage works in central Athens.   (Greek Culture Ministry via AP)

A bust of the ancient god Hermes, in good condition, was discovered in central Athens during sewage work, per the AP. The Greek Culture Ministry said the head, one of many that served as street markers in ancient Athens, appears to be from around 300BC. It depicts Hermes at "a mature age," the ministry said, in contrast to his usual depictions as youthful. The head is in the style of famed Greek sculptor Alcamenes. After serving as a street marker, the head, at some point, had been built into the wall of a drainage duct, the ministry said. (Read more discoveries stories.)

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