Archaeologists made a breakthrough grim on top of a mountain in Greece, it could confirm the darkest legends of antiquity.
Excavations this year on Mount Lykaion (known as the birthplace of Zeus) have unearthed a 3,000-year old skeleton of a teenager who was in the ashes of other animals slaughtered over a thousand years.
Greece's culture ministry said the skeleton is of a boy, a teenager, he was found 30 meters deep. Experts have said it is too early to speculate on the cause of adolescent death, but the discovery is important because Mount Lykaion was associated for centuries with the Greek culture negative.
The writers of antiquity, including Plato described the place as a shrine to make sacrifices in the name of Zeus, a practice that was rarely confirmed by archaeologists.
According to legend, a boy was sacrificed with other animals, their meat is cooked and then consumed. Anyone eating a piece of human flesh became a werewolf for nine years. ,, In some literary writings mentioned rumors of human sacrifices that took place at the altar, but until a few weeks ago was not any human skeleton discovered in the archaeological site, '' said archaeologist David Gilman Romano, a professor at the University of Arizona.
,, Even if the remains are traces of a human sacrifice or not, it is a sacrificial altar is not a place to bury someone, not the cemetery, '' he added. An unusual detail was missing the upper part of the skull, while the body was placed between two lines of stone with a row of stones that covered his pelvis.
Mount, in the Peloponnese region is the only area where Zeus was worshiped, even if the possibility of human sacrifice is removed, the area was practiced massive slavery. From the early sixteenth century BC by Alexander the Great, hundreds of millions of animals were killed in honor of the god.
Researchers have found that people have started to the present in the area 5,000 years ago, but no evidence of seniority cult.
Zeus was the god of sky and weather which later became the leader of the Greek pantheon. Ceramics found near the skeleton dating from the eleventh century BC.
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Source: Mail Online