Lost Tomb of Caligula Discovered

All thanks to Italian police
Patrons discuss the statue of Caligula that is displayed in the "Roman Art from the Louvre" exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Monday, Sept. 24, 2007.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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(User Submitted) – The lost tomb of Caligula has been discovered—in a most unusual way. Italian police last week arrested a man as he was trying to hoist an 8-foot statue onto his truck. The police force, which deals specifically with archaeological matters (who knew?), noticed that the statue featured "caligae" military boots, the same kind that Caligula—a nickname meaning "little boot"—wore. Adding to their suspicions, they nabbed the man near Lake Nemi, where the emperor, who ruled from AD 37 to 41, had a villa and floating palace, reports the Guardian.

After examining the statue further, the police guessed that it had been looted from Caligula's tomb. The looter confirmed their theory under questioning and led them to the site. Archaeologists were to due to start excavating yesterday.

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