Israeli Storm Unearths Ancient Roman Statue
Roman-era statue found on beach after cliff collapse
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2010 6:04 AM CST
A 1,700-year-old statue is hoisted after it was found on the beach in the coastal city of Ashkelon, Israel.   (AP Photo / Tsafrir Abayov)
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(Newser) – A Roman-era statue was uncovered when part of an Israeli cliff collapsed in a huge storm, sending an archeological site tumbling into the sea. The 4-foot statue of a woman wearing a toga, believed to be around 2.000 years old, was found by a person walking on the shore near the city of Ashkelon, CNN reports. Parts of a mosaic floor from a Roman bath house were found nearby and archeologists suspect more artifacts were washed away.