Statue of Caligula unearthed at illegal dig

Published on July 18th, 2011 | by Admin

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Officials have recovered a statue of the Roman emperor Caligula from an illegal dig in Italy.

The statue, which had been broken in several large pieces and a head, was first found last January when finance police stopped it from being smuggled out of the country by boat at a port near Rome.

The operation led to the arrest of two so-called “tomb raiders” – those who dig up the countryside looking for archaeological treasures to sell on the black market.

But more importantly, the arrests led police to the site near Lake Nemi, just south of Rome, where Caligula was believed to have had one of his imperial residences.

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Story: The Telegraph | Photo: WALAMY

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