Hot muddy waters hid cult’s mysterious deity for 1,500 years in Italy. See the photos

Nov 30, 2023 271

BY: Aspen Pflughoeft

Centuries ago, a marble statue stood in a cult sanctuary. Under his watchful stone eyes, worshippers visited and left offerings in the thermal spring that flowed through the center of the temple. Eventually, times changed. The once-revered deity was dismembered and left in the hot muddy waters. Until now.

Archaeologists were excavating the ruins of a cult sanctuary in Tuscany, Italy, when they uncovered the broken statue, according to a news release from the University for Foreigners of Siena.

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