Figure of Artemis Discovered in Kurdistan (Iraq)

Figurine of Artemis detected with Rover UC in Iraq

Region: Zaxo, Kurdistan (Iraq)
Weight: 214 g | 7.5 oz

Figure of Artemis
Figure of Artemis on the scales

Artemis, the Goddess of Hunting

This beautiful figurine was found by a treasure hunter in Zaxo, Iraq, with the OKM Rover UC. Zaxo is the northernmost city of Kurdistan and is located on the border with Turkey.

The figurine weighs 214 g (7.5 oz) and depicts Artemis, the goddess of hunting, virginity, and guardian of women and children in Greek mythology. More specifically, the figure represents Artemis from Ephesus. The figurine is based on a statue, whose history goes back to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the temple in Ephesus, which is named after her.

Figure of Artemis
Figurine with clearly visible decorations
Figure of Artemis
Figurine in profile
Figure of Artemis
Back of the figurine with further lines

Artifact with Special Details

On the front of the figure, the decorations are very clearly visible. Also in profile, subtleties as well as a three-dimensionality are well worked out. However, on the back, as well as on the head and under the foot, special features are visible: The symbols and characters here need to be examined in detail and deciphered.

Figure of Artemis
Figurine from above: Only on closer look, circularly arranged symbols or characters are recognizable.
Figure of Artemis
Details on the back
Figure of Artemis
Figurine from below: A symbol has been carved clearly visibly.

The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus

The inspiration for the figurine was the famous statue of Artemis of Ephesus. The statue has been discovered and excavated in the 19th and 20th centuries. The excavation site is located in Ephesus, one of the largest cities in the Roman period. Ephesus was a central economic hub, as the city was still a port city at that time. The temple, which was dedicated to Artemis, is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. These buildings stand out especially among the many fascinating structures of the ancient world. Almost all of the ancient wonders of the world are no longer in place today, but we know from lore, illustrations, and research what these magnificent structures must have looked like.

The Seven Wonders of the ancient world include the pyramids of Giza – Egyptian structures almost impossible to build even at the present time – and the Colossus of Rhodes – a 30 m (98 ft) high bronze statue of the sun god Helios. The Temple of Artemis, like the other wonders of the world, has a gigantic scale for its time. The temple stretched over 127 columns 18 m (59 ft) high. The second feature the temple has in common with almost all the other wonders of the world is that it no longer exists. The temple was built in the 4th century BC. Its construction time was over 100 years. 500 years after its construction, the temple had been destroyed by the Goths around 268 AD. However, with modern technology, archaeologists can understand how the temple was built and what its dimensions may have been.

Undercover Detector Successfully Used

The figurine was found by a treasure hunter using the OKM Rover UC. The Rover UC is OKM's undercover ground scanner. For treasure hunters who want to remain undetected in their searches, the 3D ground scanner camouflaged as a hiking stick is the perfect detector. The shape of the trekking pole leaves no one guessing what the treasure hunter's intentions are. Another remarkable highlight of the 3D ground scanner is its integrated fitness tracking, through which the treasure hunter can count his steps and record his pulse.

In addition to all these special benefits, the OKM Rover UC, like OKM's further 3D ground scanners, has a great range and accuracy. OKM customers have found objects with that technology at depths of down to 21 m (69 ft). The OKM Rover UC, with its Magnetometer and 3D Ground Scan modes, is perfectly equipped to detect voids, treasures and militaria.

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