Marble Roman-era statues uncovered by Mediterranean storm

Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Admin


A Mediterranean storm caused the collapse of a cliff in southern Israel, revealing a Roman-era marble statue.

“The big storm earlier this week caused the cliff to collapse and a statue from Roman times was found by a passer-by,” said Yoli Schwartz, spokeswoman for the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The white marble statue of a woman, which weighs about 200 kilogrammes (440 pounds) and stands 1.2 metres (nearly four feet) tall, has been removed from the site by the authority, which is studying it, she said.

The statue was missing its head and arms, apparently from earlier damage, but had “delicately carved sandals,” Schwartz told AFP.

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