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Railway construction threatens Michelangelo’s David

Michelangelo's David is in danger of collapsing due to the building a high-speed train line beneath Florence, Italy. The statue is riddled with tiny cracks, particularly in the ankles of the boy warrior, and could collapse as a result of vibrations from the 1.4 billion euro project, which is due to

Mesoamerican sculpture found in southern Mexico

An ancient Mesoamerican sculpture of a figure with a raise arm and determined scowl has been unearthed in southern Mexico. "Usually sculptures are first seen by archaeologists in private art collections and we normally have no good idea where they came from. The depictions of figures and the motifs change in

First century Roman sculpture fragments found

Fragments of a Roman sculpture showing a man's face and torso have been found in central Macedonia. The discoveries, found at the temple building which has been undergoing archaeological excavations, are rare and important, as they will shed light on the life of people during that period, archaeologist Silvana Blahzevska,

Giant Mayan sculptured head found in Guatemala

A huge Mayan sculptured head has been found in a remote region of Guatemala, hinting at the possible existence of what was a significant city. The stucco sculpture, which is 10 feet wide and 11.5 feet tall, was buried for centuries at the Chilonche ruins, close to the border with Belize. The recent discovery

Egypt wants bust of Queen Nefertiti back

Keeping with his quest to recover all illegally-exported ancient Egyptian artifacts, Zahi Hawass, the general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, now wants the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti. Culture lovers reveled in the reopening of the Neues Museum in the heart of Berlin on Friday, the culmination of decades

Found: Buddhist sculpture’s lost legs

The missing piece of a Buddhist sculpture of Hevajra, which has been on display in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been found in Cambodia. The legs of the sandstone carving, which dates back to the 12th century, were stumbled upon by a British archaeologist this summer. He had been

Stone sculpture of Hindu goddess discovered in Kashmir

A sixth century stone sculpture of the Hindu Goddess of wealth, Gajalakshmi, has been discovered in Kashmir. “As far as the object (sculpture) is concerned it is very important. According to our earlier examination, the statue dates back to the 6th or 7th century. It’s of brownish colour and from the

Looted Albanian sculpture returns home

A marble sculpture stolen from Albania eighteen years ago has been returned. The bust of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, was snatched from Albania's Butrinti Archaeological museum and recovered by Italian police from a private home in 2004. Albanian Culture Minister Ardjan Turku said Thursday that the 30-centimeter (12-inch) bust is

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