"What we discover here will contribute much to our understanding of religious life in the 6th and 5th centuries B.
C., a period that is hardly known from previous excavations inside the borders of Apollonia itself." The researchers suspected the temple was large, but only recently determined its approximate proportions: 14 meters by 40 meters.
They found more figurines, the foot of a statue, a late Greek inscription, a small stone altar – and pottery from a much earlier date.
The combination of figurines, "which often point to ancient places of worship," and the older pottery led the team to believe the site was older than they first thought, Davis said.
The history of excavations on the site, located on a farm known by the family name of Bonjaket, dates back more than 40 years ago, when a farmer’s tractor uncovered terracotta figurines outside the walls of Apollonia.
The site appeared to include remains of a sanctuary.
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