Two bronze statues, one of a youth and the other of a woman, were among exciting archaeological finds made by chance recently in the heart of modern Piraeus.
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SV. People at site of excavations
SCU. Archaeologists clear sand from Hermaic column
CU. Face on column of Hermes
GV. People round site
SV.PAN Int. Statue 'The Kouros' (Young man)
CU. Face of 'The Kouros'
SCU. The head of Hermes on Hermaic column
SCU.PAN Statue of Greek woman
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Background: Two bronze statues, one of a youth and the other of a woman, were among exciting archaeological finds made by chance recently in the heart of modern Piraeus. Dr. Papadimitriou, Director of Greek Antiquities, claims that the beauty of the two bronzes is comparable to that of the greatest works of ancient Greece. Their discovery may be one of the most important archaeological events of recent years
The two statues are both slightly bigger than lifesize and in excellent condition. That of the youth dates from about 500 B.C. and that of the woman from about the 4th century B.C.
Also discovered at this site ( - the youth statue was found July 18,) was a marble column topped by the head of Hermes.
One theory is that the statues, probably together with others, were stored in the Port of Piraeus in Roman times in readiness for their removal to Rome. The Storehouse may have collapsed, burying the statues until now.