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December 20, 2010

Roman woman? Four feet tall? Four hundred and forty pounds? Aunt Etta?


The Sea Gave Her Back
A long-lost Roman statue buried for thousands of years has been unearthed by massive winter storms that have lashed the coast of Israel this week.

The mysterious white-marble figure of a woman in toga and 'beautifully detailed' sandals was found in the remains of a cliff that crumbled under the force of 60mph winds and enormous 40ft waves.

The statue, which lacks a head and arms, is about 4ft tall and weighs 440lbs. It was found at the ancient port of Ashkelon, around 20 miles south of Tel Aviv.

It dates back to the Roman occupation of what was western Judea, between 1,800 and 2,000 years ago.

11 comments:

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

That's great news, I couldn't remember where I left it. There will be a reward.

Anonymous said...

It's Christmas time. Must be a Chia statue.

sig94 said...

Under Emperor Severus, Ashkelon was seized by a colony of Roman midgets. They tried to rename the city, "Parva Villa" or Tiny Town - but Severus (who who had a dread fear of dwarfs) wouldn't hear of it.

Nickie Goomba said...

Woody... Is this that keychain you always claim you've misplaced?

Nickie Goomba said...

Anon... At 440 lb., that's one heckuva paperweight.

Nickie Goomba said...

Siggie... As a Philistine on my mother's side, I resent those Romans. Cool uniforms, though.

The_Kid said...

Lot's Wife ?

Doom said...

Definitely Lot's wife. The first thing she lost was her head, figuratively speaking. The rest is history.

I wonder if she looked back because she was leaving what she wanted, or if she looked back because she thought she left the 'oven' on? Who knows.

christian soldier said...

OK-let's get serious :-)

'They' tell me that sculpture is on its way out-as a viable - 'cost effective ' art form...

if she had been a painting-there would have been nothing to 'find'...HA!
from a sculptor-
C-CS

christian soldier said...

BTW-
Merry CHRISTmas to you all...
Carol-CS

Rhod said...

This had Dr. Who written all over it, or an Arthur C Clarke prediction.

I'm suspicious...