Horse Racecourse In Ancient Olympia Discovered After 1600 Years
The site of the ancient hippodrome course in Olympia, where the emperor Nero competed for Olympian laurels, has been discovered. The hippodrome was discovered in Olympia by a research team that included Professor Norbert Müller (a sports historian from Mainz), Dr Christian Wacker (a sports archaeologist from Cologne) and PD Dr Reinhard Senff (chief excavator of the German Archaeological Institute - DAI.
"This discovery is an archaeological sensation," commented Norbert Müller of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The research project extended over several weeks before being completed in the middle of May 2008.
Prior to this, the hippodrome had only been known from written sources.
Archaeologists had failed to locate its actual site. This is surprising,
as German archaeologists have been continuously excavating the site of
where the ancient olympiad was held since 1875; this research has become a
tradition and innumerable archaeologists, historians, and sports
historians from all over the world have been involved in trying to solve
this secret for over a hundred years.
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