1800-year-old marble head unearthed

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Archaeologists in Israel have discovered what they believe is
the bust of a Roman boxer from the second or third century.

The figurine, made of marble, comes from a time when “the art of Roman
sculpture reached its zenith,” Doron Ben-Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets said.

The archaeologists believe a merchant family from the eastern part of the
Roman empire most likely passed down the “precious object” through the
generations until the fourth or fifth century, when an unfortunate family
member had it with him at a public building, perhaps a hostel — and an
earthquake struck.

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