Archaeologists Discover 'Exceptional' 2,000-Year-Old Female Marble Stat.

An "exceptional" marble statue from the Roman era has been discovered in Italy, researchers have announced.

The female figure dates to around 2,000 years ago—somewhere between the middle of the 1st century B.C. and the mid-1st century A.D.

Researchers from the Spanish School of History and Archaeology of Rome (EEHAR)—part of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)—located the statue during excavations at the archaeological site of Tusculum.

Tusculum is in an area known as the Alban Hills, which lies on the outskirts of Rome. In ancient times, this districts—known for its luxurious villas and country houses—was used by the rich as an escape from the capital.

The statue is in excellent condition and of high quality, although it is missing the head and parts of the arms, according to the researchers. It probably once belonged to an ancient bathhouse in the city.

"This is an exceptional discovery. At the time of discovery, only part of the statue's back was visible and it was lying on a thin layer of painted stucco, so it would be part of the ornamental program of the thermal baths," Pizzo said in an EEHAR press release.

Source: www.newsweek.com


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