A Turkish excavation team has discovered a 2400 year old mask in the ancient city of Daskyleion. It is most likely the votive mask of the Greek god Dionysos.
During excavations in Turkey a 2400 year old mask of the ancient Greek god Dionysos was found. The site is located in the ancient city of Daskyleion in the province Balıkesir. It may be a votive mask, with time more information will come to light, said Kaan Iren, director of the excavations and professor at Sıtkı-Koçman University in Muğla.
Legend has it that wearing a mask is a tribute to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and pleasure. Dionysus, who wanted to hide both his identity and his power, is considered a patron of the arts. Daskyleion, now called Hisartepe, is located on the shores of Lake Manyas in the district Bandırma in Balıkesir.
Turkey: 2400 years old Dionysos mask excavated
This year the excavation team excavated a Lydian kitchen in the Acropolis of the city. The work to extract seeds and other organic matter from the excavated soil in the Lydian kitchen and its surroundings will continue through a flotation process, Iren emphasized. More research would help to better document the cooking and eating habits of the people of the region from 2700 years ago.
In the 7th century B.C., the city was given the name Daskyleion when the famous Lydian king Daskylos came to the city from Sardes because of dynastic disputes. His son Gyges was born in Daskyleion and later recalled to Lydia. After Gyges became king of Lydia, the city was renamed Daskyleion around 650 BC.