Hermes head unearthed in the downtown Athens

Hermes head - Hermes head unearthed in the downtown Athens -

On November 13 the crew of Athens municipality were carrying out roadworks in Aiolou street in downtown Athens. As their work progressed, just one meter (3ft) above the surface, they had a big surprise: they unearthed the head of a Hermes statue part of a Herma column!

The Culture Ministry said in an announcement that the condition of the finding is good and has been transferred to an Antiquities Ephorate warehouse. The Hermes head is an original sculpture, probably dated to the end of the 4th or early 3rd century BC.

Herma columns are sculptures with with a head and perhaps a torso above a plain, usually squared lower section. In Ancient Greece, in Athens, Herma columns were located on crossroads and were used as sign posts.

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