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10 Amazing New Discoveries Involving Ancient Gods

There is no culture recorded in human history which has not practiced some form of religion or has not worshiped their gods.

Ancients gods have a lot to reveal about the extinct cultures who believed in them. People believed in higher supernatural entities who created and continued to maintain the world and surrounding cosmos. Theses entities were anthropomorphic and behaved in ways which mirrored the values of the culture closely. She religious symbols were abandoned or adopted and found in unusual places. However the most intriguing are the new discovered – mysterious deities, whose names we revealed for the first time.

The Israeli Complex

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The site of Tep Burna produced scorched animal bones and sacrificial artifacts, prompting Israeli archaeologists to credit the 3,300-year-old temple complex to a cult. The site used to be both their home and religious center. There is no valid evidence with a honored god’s name and that’s why experts believe it is either Baal – the Canaanite storm god or Anat, the war goddess.

Dumpster Deity

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A severed 1800 year old stone carving head was found by a first -year archeology student while digging at Binchester Roman Fort. The researchers were astonished with its look, as it is a perfect combination of classical Roman and local Romano-British styles. The face features remind those of a Celtic God – Antenociticus. The stone was found next to another religious site – a Roman altar unearthed two years earlier. Maybe they have been parts of the same shrine.

The Sekhmet Collection

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The goddess Sekhmet used to be a bodyguard to the pharaohs in the Egyptian pantheon. She was known as a lithe woman with a lions’ head, as she was fierce and feminine at the same time. Eight statues of Sekhmet were discovered at the Temple of Amenhotep III. Found with them was another headless (and limb-lacking) piece of black granite. Archaeologists determined that it was once a statue of Amenhotep III, the 13th-century BC pharaoh who took Egypt to the height of its power.

The New God

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This new God has no equal being revealed on an ancient wall in Turkey. The figure rising between leaves looks like a complex hybrid with a 2000 year old history. A sacred Iron Age building was later adapted by worshipers of Jupiter Dolichenus, another hybrid but known as god. Unless another image of the mystery god is going to be found with some essential information, we will never know his name.

A God’s Grave

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Philippe Virey was the first to step inside the tomb located in Luxor, Egypt back in 1880. It was truly a spectacular find, though nobody actually knew the true reason behind its construction. According to the recent excavations, the tomb actually belonged to the Egyptian god Osiris. To honor the judge and ruler of the underworld, Osiris’s tomb was designed as a royal one.

Love at Petra

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During exploration of the ancient desert city of Petra, researchers found a pair of statues crafted from marble. Both show the goddess of love in good condition, and one even has a tiny Cupid at her feet. The two Aphrodites were a total surprise and provide a new view on how Roman occupation influenced Nabataean art.

The Mayan Frieze

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A huge, 8 meters stretch of stone covered with images of Mayan gods was found underneath a pyramid in Guatemala. Even though the site was crafted around 2000 years ago, it is well preserved.

Cybele

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A priceless statue with a weight of 200 kilograms was revealed in Turkey, in the ruins of a fort. It is entitled as Cybele,   the mother goddess of Anatolia, she’s shown as a pregnant woman sitting on a throne. The statue remained almost undamaged and the goddess herself is associated with walls though. She’s also a fertility deity connected to mountains and wild animals. The marble creation is the first ancient statue in Turkey’s history to be discovered in its original position.

Uni And Tina

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Even though the culture of Etruscans is lost and there is a little bit saved on perishable wax and linen, discovery in Tuscany gave some food for the researchers, found one of the longest inscriptions of the Etruscans’ extinct language on a sandstone stele. Experts deciphered two names—Uni,  their fertility goddess, Tina, their main god. Before the temple site Poggio Colla has been claimed to be the oldest birth art in Europe and probably the fertility cult worshiped the goddess exactly here. Hailed as the best find in years, the 225-kilogram (500 lb) stele is expected to reveal new words as well as religious rituals and laws.

Rediscovery of Senua

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The mysterious cache in a Hertfordshire field made it clear that it contained temple devoted to a highly regarded goddess. Some of the plaques carried messaging expressing gratitude to the goddess for her favors. There were few symbols of the Roman goddess Minerva, however there was no name written. In order to get the most of the readings, they were X-rayed and the name revealed was not Minerva, but unknown before British goddess Senua. Researchers did return to the same field hoping to find the more and they managed to find the statuette made of silver, however the face is still missing along with her arms.

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