Caria Woman. Unknown
dress and unknown script
at bottom of statue.
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1971 . Girifalco, a small village in the hills of Calabria halfway between Jonio and Tirreno,... an incredible uninterrupted rainstorm of more than 20 hours duration caused large landslides in the population center.
After the deluge, lawyer Mario Tolone Azzariti, on behalf of some land owners, was placed in charge of the inspections for estimating the extent of the flood damage.
In the course of these visits, in an area near Caria, where great landslides had taken place, and wide fractures in the land had been created, Tolone Azzariti recovered a anthropomorphic terracotta head which was engraved with indecipherable characters.
Tolone Azzariti, had developed a wide knowledge of classical cultures from years of study in the historical libraries and in the National archaeological Museum of Naples, but it had never seen objects of this character, not from the age of the Greeks, nor Phonecians or Roman .
Caria Head, with Helmet?. Click and drag photo to resize.
Extremely curious about the origins of the mysterious object, he increased the scope of his search to all the areas of the neighborhood; reading through other reports of the area, for if indeed this object was from an unknown civilization, there must be many other signs of its presence.
For more than 20 years, lawyer Mario Tolone would have no peace, and would dedicate all his free time and economic resources to digging and to researching other reports about this ancient Italian people.
His search has proven to be fruitful, the recoveries of artifacts have been plentiful, easily more than several hundred have been recovered.
The landslide has caused to re-emerge from the past an unknown civilization; pebbles recorded with strange characters (petroglyphs), splendid sculptures in limestone representatiing women with extravagant hairstyles, and artifacts representing the cult of the sun, and the cult of the tree,
- a splendid limestone statue representing a woman who is being pulled by an enormous bull turning its head, very similar to images present on the coins of the ancient Sibari.
Caria Bull. Click and drag photo to resize.
As well, terracotta statues of men with horses, a terracotta stele containing strange religious symbols, representations of the cult of the sun, one sphinx of terracotta of a most unusual visage, bas-reliefs of terracotta representating men with prominent sexual features, an obvious symbol of primordial fertility, --and then still solar meridians, discs etched with strange characters and symbols representing animals, like the red deer and the snake.
And as well, many feminine terracotta and stone statues and - ancient representations of divinity, with peculiar symbolic writings. There are also; nozzle tips in stone, axes and awls for the sculpture and working of stone. Some are imprinted with an unknown script, some are not of stone of local region but are made from obsidian, coming from the Aeolian Islands.
Aeolian obsidian in particular is beautiful, and has a high glasslike sheen. There is also an axehandle of obsidian similar to that of Oetzi, the mummy from the age of copper.
And there are urns of stone and terracotta, and many quite ossified human skeletons, and tons of bones...
Of this immense treasure Tolone readily informed the head archaeology of Calabria, from the first phase of digging, in order to obtain assistance in the search and above all to aid in the deciphering and dating of the artifacts.
But the Superintendent, although he has carried out numerous inspections, always has abstained from official involvement in the dating or identification, never giving any support, asserts lawyer Tolone, neither economic support or support in researching the history of the artifacts.
Caria "dinosaur". Click and drag photo to resize.
And now we come to one of the most important pieces of Tolones collection. One that will receive the closest scrutiny and interrogation by experts--and for which the collector has been quite emphatic of its authenticity,- a terracotta statue of of approximately 18 cm of length representing one strange dinosaur/sauropod with plates on its back.
The plates are triangular, and continue along the back until reaching the tail. The view from above the object reveals a strange curving of the plates, as if the animal had been represented in motion on the land...
The legs are large and awkward, as of an animal of great weight, not at all like those of a lizard or of "modern" animals, such as the crested triton or other types of salamander which the sculpture has been compared to.
No type of salamander or lizard like this species is currently known, that has similar plates, but-- it is possible to take up any handbook on paleontology and it becomes clear immediately that the animal represented in the sculpture belongs to a species of stegosaur,-- a species of dinosaur with plates on its back;-- that scientists assert became extinct approximately 65 million years ago...
Caria "dinosaur". Click and drag photo to resize.
Not possible assert the paleontologists, it cannot be assert the historians, but still the sculpture exists and Tolone asserts to have found it in area of Caria with hundreds of other ancient artifacts, of a pre-Greek civilization of Calabria, that is at least 3000 years old...
The statue was found in two fragments and then recomposited with a little adhesive. Other representations of the strange dinosaur in base relief are present in the collection on a crude marble slab, with the same identical physical characteristics,-- and in the same location there is also a great fossil bone of a unknown animal, and one jaw with great teeth,....
A Piece of 'ancient" pottery found with an image of a stegosaurus. Click and drag photo to resize.
If the terracotta statue representing a dinosaur were a fake, it would not be at all difficult to try subjecting it to radiocarbon 14 dating, asserts Tolone, but if the scientific report shows that it is authentic and aged a few thousand years, we would be faced with one of the most incredible enigmas of world-wide archaeology.
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