- The 3000-year-old remains of a teenage boy were found at an altar on Mount Lykaion
- According to legend Mount Lykaion is the birthplace of Zeus and was a place for blood sacrifice for many dark cults
- The remains of this boy could prove a bone-chilling myth might not have been much of a myth...
Archaeologist’s might have confirmed one of the scariest myths of the ancient Greeks.
Mount Lykaion, worshipped by many cults as the birthplace of the god Zeus, might have served as a place for human sacrifice. Many ancient Greek writers, including Plato, wrote about this dark place and the nefarious cults that surrounded it.
Excavations have uncovered the 3000-year-old skeleton of a teenager at the foot of a 30-meter tall altar. The human skeleton was found among the remains and ashes of sacrificed animals that were sacrificed at the spot for millennia.
The mountain was a place of worship for cultists that practiced human sacrifice. Legend says that a human boy was to be sacrificed among the animals, and his meat was supposed to be cooked with the meat of the beasts. He who ate the meat of man would be turned into a wolf for nine years.
Men have inhabited the region for more than 5000 years and there is reason to believe the cultists have been practicing their art in that place since then. Apart from the religious value of the mountain the surrounding landscape is practically barren.
Archaeologists believe that currently only about 7% of the altar has been dug up and researched. The pottery they found among the remains is from the Mycenaean Era, the time of Homer’s great epics and many other Greek myths.