Great success: Archaeologists found part of the Jupiter pillar during excavations in Germany

Archaeologists found part of Jupiter’s Column while exploring a Roman fortress built in Stuttgart around 90 AD. The statue discovered by researchers has a human-headed figure, but the lower part of the body is depicted as a snake.

Archaeologists researching the history of Stuttgart, Germany, recently made a discovery at the site of the city’s ancient Roman castle. They found an ancient statue depicting a Roman god, HeritageDaily writes.

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During the Roman Empire, Stuttgart was home to a castle known as Castra stativa. Built around AD 90, this castle protected villas in the Stuttgart Basin and guarded the important route connecting Mainz to Augsburg.

A team of archaeologists from ArchaeoBW and the State Monuments Directorate (LAD) discovered the artifact on the grounds of the Altenburg School. A sandstone stone statue was unearthed near the ruins of the castle.

This statue, approximately 30 centimeters high, depicts a figure with a human head but the lower part of its body is a snake. This combination probably indicates that this figure is a mixture of Roman and Germanic religious beliefs.

Experts believe that the statue was once part of a column dedicated to Jupiter, one of the main gods of the Roman pantheon. In those days, such statues adorned the tall columns in the squares, showing the power and strength of the gods.

This discovery is not the only one of its kind. Similar statues were found in this area, some of them are kept in the collections of the Württemberg State Museum.


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The Stuttgart regional council said: “In conclusion, it is a great achievement that the recently discovered statue can be linked to a piece that was stored for a long time in the storage of the Württemberg State Museum.”

They can now piece together what the majestic Jupiter’s Column in ancient Stuttgart might have looked like.

We have previously talked about a treasure belonging to the Sun Dynasty found in India. Researchers discovered more than 3 thousand coins dating back to the 3rd and 4th centuries.

We also talked about the place where the first emperor of ancient Rome died. Archaeologists found his villa on the north side of Vesuvius.

Source: Focus


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