Archaeologists have made a groundbreaking discovery in the hills outside Siena, Italy, unearthing 24 astonishing bronze statues that have been perfectly preserved for an astounding 2,300 years. This remarkable find is set to challenge and reshape our understanding of history.
During excavations at Roman-era baths near the modern town of San Casiano dei Bagni, the archaeologists stumbled upon the statues. Emerging from the mud, the statues were found alongside a collection of over 5,000 Roman coins made of bronze, silver, and even gold.
Dating back to the Republican period of the 200s BCE, these statues provide a glimpse into a time of significant transformation in Tuscany when the Romans were assimilating the Etruscan civilization that preceded them.
Led by Jacopo Tabolli, a historian at the University for Foreigners in Siena, the excavation team described the find as "without equal," emphasizing its status as the largest deposit of bronze statues from the Etruscan and Roman eras ever discovered in Italy. Most statues from this period are typically made of terracotta, making this collection even more extraordinary.
The statues depict various deities, including Apollo and Hygieia, a Greek goddess associated with health. In addition to their artistic value, the statues also bear inscriptions in both the Etruscan language and Latin, shedding light on the gods and important Etruscan families.
This remarkable discovery not only offers a cultural and touristic opportunity but also a chance for the town of San Casiano dei Bagni to flourish. Plans for a new museum and archaeo-park are underway, which will attract visitors from around the world.