New finds push back dates at Selinunte, Sicily

Archaeologists have discovered what may be among the oldest remains at the ancient site of Selinunte: an ancient temple. Inside, fragments have been found that help explain the site’s significance: an offering to Demeter, the goddess of grain and agriculture; a small flute, made of bone and dating to 570 BC; a small Corinthian vase. These findings are critically important in helping archeologists to date the temple where they were found, to around the 6th century BC – possibly the oldest in the archaeological area of Selinunte in Sicily. Research confirms assumptions made about the history and age of temple. Particularly significant, researchers say, was the discovery of the flute, which suggests musical performances and dances related to worship of the goddess Demeter. Travel to Sicily with Far Horizons!

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