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2,400-year-old sculptures pieced together in Lebanon

Four ancient ceramic structures have been partially reassembled from pieces found in a trash dump in Lebanon.

The best-preserved ceramic head is about 9 inches (24 centimeters) tall and 6 inches (15 centimeters) wide. It’s decorated with red paint and includes a depiction of an ancient headdress known as a stephane, which is a “very specific headdress worn by Greek women,” Mariusz Gwiazda, an archaeologist with the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, wrote in Zeitschrift für Orient-Archäologie (Journal of Oriental Archaeology). One of the other ceramic heads has similar dimensions. Only small portions of the other two ceramic heads have survived.

Three small holes near the top of the well-preserved head were likely used to hang it on a wall, Gwiazda wrote. Fingerprints, which may be those of the artist who made the head, are visible on its surface, he noted. The fingerprints would have been on the clay head before the head was fired.

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Story: Owen Jarus, Live Science | Photo: Adam Ole?iak/The Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology Archive

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