The Hippodrome is buried southeast of the Stadium of
Germans geologists and specialists are in the traces of
the hippodrome of Ancient Olympia, after 134 years of
excavations, which is located below the ground. |
The Hippodrome, which was considered lost, was not
drifted by Alfeios river, as believed, has been detected
during geomagnetical and geophysical surveys which took
place in an area of 10.5 hectares for first time by
German scientists in collaboration with the Antiquities
Ephorate of Ancient Olympia.
The Hippodrome is buried to a maximum depth of 4.5
meters southeast of the stadium to the Olympic Academy. It is believed that
Hippodrome has one kilometer length, a width of 64 metres and the only thing
missing is the excavation confirmed of the finding by opening sections in areas
where will be designated by the scientists.
The ephor of Antiquities of Olympia Geia Hatzi maintains the typical scientific
reservations: «Without the excavation confirmation we can not say yet that the
Hippodrome of Ancient Olympia was found. But there are some serious first signs
About when the excavation is about to begin, the deputy manager of the German
Archaeological Institute Dr Zenf notes:
«We have requested the approval of the Ministry of Culture to make some real
excavation cuts next April. And then, just when we remove the soil, we know ».
«The geo-radar and geomagnetic detectors can investigate the subsoil at 4-5
meters in depth. It is a very difficult investigation, because it is known from
the ancient times that the area flooded and loaded with soil to a height of 7
meters. Afterwards Alfeios changed direction and drifted a very large amount of
these layers of soil. Thus prevailed the aspect that the hippodrome drifted by
the river. The territory in the upper layers is full of wells, canals and traces
of the crops. There are indications that in some points at least, the ancient
layer is left intact under the soil layers in-depth of 1.5 - 2 m. »adds Dr Zenf.
According to him, the detailed earth observations with georantar and detailed
magnetic measurements suggested the existence of large repositories with rich
material of , fragments of sculptures, architectural members and pottery of the
Archaic and Classical periods.
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