Wrapping up Midas

Posted: October 14, 2016 in history
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About the end of the 7th century BC, Phyrgia was conquered by the Lydians and after them, the Persians captured Gordion.  The massive walls and gates built by the Phyrgians were overcome by a giant earthen siege ramp pushed against one fort, which provided a launching place for arrows and firebrands.  No one knows where Midas himself is buried.

Today the excavation of Gordion continues. Most of the over-250 acres and burial mounds remain to be explored, even though excavation has gone on for more than 60 years.  Who knows what other treasures will be discovered as work continues?

© janet m. webb 2016


© janet m. webb 2016

Cauldron detail; siren and demon attachments

© janet m. webb 2016



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  1. Jill's Scene says:

    These artefacts are fascinating! Enjoy the reunion.

  2. prior.. says:

    safe travels Janet – and see you next week – oh and the artifacts are cool – and that third jug photo is very cool.

  3. HonieBriggs says:

    I have a fondness of pitchers and bowls. I have small collection from places I’ve visited, of no value to anyone but me, still enjoyable stories come with each piece. The cauldron detail here is of particular interest. Thanks for sharing.

    • Allan G. Smorra says:

      I’m with Stephanie on this one. The way the cauldron handles are attached with a rivet, of sorts, is fascinating to me. Nice photos and a very informative series this week, Janet.