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Was Skeleton Unearthed in Greece a Human Sacrifice to Zeus?

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posted on Aug, 12 2016 @ 10:17 PM
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Excavations on Mount Lykaion in Greece have made a possible startling discovery.
A 3,000-year-old skeleton of a teenager has been uncovered. It was found in mounds of ashes from sacrificed goats and sheep.

The site was once worshiped as the birthplace of the god Zeus.


Excavators say it's too early to speculate on the nature of the teenager's death but the discovery is remarkable because the remote Mount Lykaion was for centuries associated with the most nefarious of Greek cults: Ancient writers – including Plato – linked it with human sacrifice to Zeus, a practice which has very rarely been confirmed by archaeologists anywhere in the Greek world and never on mainland Greece.

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“Several ancient literary sources mention rumors that human sacrifice took place at the altar, but up until a few weeks ago there has been no trace whatsoever of human bones discovered at the site,” David Gilman Romano, professor of Greek archaeology at the University of Arizona and part of the research team, told the Associated Press. “Whether it’s a sacrifice or not, this is a sacrificial altar … so it’s not a place where you would bury an individual. It’s not a cemetery.”

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Archaeology is not my haunt....and I'm not well-versed in the field....but I thought the story amazing...did not find it on ATS yet...and wanted to share it. I cannot say I've really heard much about human sacrifices in ancient civilized Greece.




posted on Aug, 12 2016 @ 10:20 PM
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Aren't goats and sheep for Hades?



posted on Aug, 12 2016 @ 10:22 PM
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Interesting find.I too have never heard of ancient Greek sacrifices.A practice I more related to ancient central and South American tribes.
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posted on Aug, 12 2016 @ 10:31 PM
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I thought human sacrifice was common everywhere until it went out of fashion, Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter to sail to troy in the myth, Romans sacrificed people too, I bet that if a few seasons of crops are lost in a row we would be trying some sacrifice too



posted on Aug, 12 2016 @ 10:33 PM
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a reply to: DontTreadOnMe

It was a place of sacrifice. How did they determine the boy was sacrificed?

You ask me, serial killers have always been around, regardless of the reasons or excuses why they commit their crimes.



posted on Aug, 12 2016 @ 10:36 PM
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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: DontTreadOnMe

It was a place of sacrifice. How did they determine the boy was sacrificed?

They didn't.


You ask me, serial killers have always been around, regardless of the reasons or excuses why they commit their crimes.

Agreed, but here, we have only one body. One body does not a serial killer make.



posted on Aug, 12 2016 @ 10:52 PM
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a reply to: AdmireTheDistance


One body does not a serial killer make.

Serial killers tend to dispose bodies to hide their activity. If (I said IF) it was a 'place of ritual sacrifice' and they now discover a body with part of the skull 'missing'...

then it lends credence to the rumors... as far as sacrificing to Zeus, plenty of cults in history have done the same thing. In the name of (insert deity), organized serial killers, just the same.

Edit: One more thing, serial killers usually practice on animals first, then graduate to humans.
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posted on Aug, 12 2016 @ 11:22 PM
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a reply to: DontTreadOnMe

Human sacrifice, although we find it in literature, was not performed by the ancient Greeks.

Of course there were some ceremonies that were performed under great secrecy and although their existence is known, we are not aware of what kind of rituals were taking place. Maybe part of those rituals was human sacrifice.
To be part of those ceremonies, one had to be initiated and they could not reveal what was happening.

Anyway to name a few: Eleusinian, the Orphic, the Kabeirian and the Cretan sacred mysteries(as they are called here)



posted on Aug, 13 2016 @ 12:34 AM
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a reply to: makemap

goats and sheep were also offered to Zeus and Poseidon by farmers and sailors whom could not afford the 'better' beasts such as horses and bulls.



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