The Ministry of Culture announced that 4 ancient statues were discovered in a field in Atalanti, central Greece, last week. Archaeologists began excavation works in the area in late October, after a local farmer discovered the torso of an ancient statue in his field. The excavation brought to light a collection of important relics, namely, 4 life-sized statues of nude young men (also known as Kouroi), 7 graves, and a statue pedestal dating back to the 5th-2nd centuries BC.
The town of Atalanti has been inhabited since antiquity and is the capital of the Locris province, where the ancient city of Opus once stood. Archaeologists suggest that an ancient cemetery may located around the area where the statues were discovered and believe that it is likely to be the cemetery of the ancient city of Opus.