Two antique lion statues, each weight five tons, were found in Turkish territory. The archaeologists now confuse to solve usability of these statues in the past.
Fox News reported on Sunday (7/29/2012), one of the allegations is the statue came from the period between 1400 and 1200 BC. Both are part of a monument to the holy spring.
The statue was created by the Hittit people that controls vast empire in this area. At that time, Asian lions inhabit this region, precisely in the foothills of Turkey.
“The sculptor must have really understand how the the form of a lion,” said Geoffrey Summers from Middle East Technical University.
According to him, archaeological record and ancient manuscripts show at that time still a lot of Asian lions. Some even maintained by the Hittit people in a cage. However, the lion is now extinct in Turkey.
Summers argues that both statues were created as a monument to mark the water, not to palace or big city.