Photo gallery: Roman statue found in Ashkelon

Winds blows 1,700-year-old statue toward Ashkelon cliff; white marble figure of woman in toga will be displayed in museums.

December 15, 2010 13:14

roman statue_311. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A Roman statue that was buried for centuries was unearthed by gusts of winds during the storm hitting the country over the weekend.

The white-marble figure of a woman in toga and sandals was discovered in the remains of a cliff that collapsed from the force of winds, waves and rain at the old port of Ashkelon,  the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Tuesday.

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"The sea gave us this amazing statue," said Yigal Israeli, a researcher with the authority, according to Reuters.

He said the statue, doesn't have a head or arms arms, is about 1.2 meters (4 feet) tall, weighs 200 kg (440 pounds) and dates back to the Roman occupation of what was once western Judea, about 1,700 years ago. According to the Authority it will be put on display in museums, Reuters reported.

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