Near Kerch, archaeologists found gold jewelry with the Gorgon Medusa and a lion (4 photos)

Category: Archeology, PEGI 0+
13 April 2024

According to experts, the Gorgon Medusa was worn in the 1st-2nd centuries AD to protect oneself from enemies.

The Archeology Foundation told TASS that during excavations of the Kyz-Aul mound near Kerch, gold jewelry was found, some of which were very well preserved. We are talking about a necklace, earring and pendant with the image of the mythical Gorgon Medusa. Other fragments of jewelry were also found.

"Gold jewelry was discovered by volunteers of the Archeology Foundation during the clearing of one of the ancient crypts at the Kyz-Aul necropolis (Yakovenkovo settlement, Kerch Peninsula). The set of jewelry consisted of a fragmented gold necklace, a gold earring in the form of a lion biting its tail, and a large gold pendants with the image of Medusa the Gorgon,” the message says.

The image of Medusa the Gorgon was very popular among the Roman nobility of the 1st-2nd centuries AD. They believed that her image protected from enemies and enemies.

A woman who had snakes instead of hair adorned the armor of even Roman emperors,” Oleg Markov, development director of the Archeology Foundation, told KP-Crimea.

Perhaps it was an amulet or a talisman, but it’s impossible to say for sure. In the 90s, the crypt was plundered: an excavator was brought in and the middle was raked out. All that remains for archaeologists to dig up is around the edges. It is noted that all finds found during the excavations were transferred for storage to the East Crimean Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve in Kerch.

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