Intact bronze bull unearthed in ancient Olympia

An observant archaeologist discovered a horn of the bull protruding from the earth near the Temple of Zeus, during work in the site in Olympia.

Burn marks on the sediments removed from the figurine, which is well preserved and intact, lead archaeologists to believe it was an offering to the father of the mythological gods.

The figurine is dated between 1050 and 700 B.C. The bull played a significant role in life and was a symbol in ancient Greece.

The ancient Olympic games began in 776 B.C. and were held in honour of Zeus. Athletes would converge on Olympia from across the country to take part in the event. Devotees would make votive offerings during sacrifices at the sanctuary of Zeus, while the games were in progress.