An ancient statue of an individual dressed as Hercules was discovered during repairs to a sewer system in Rome, archaeologists said. The nearly intact marble sculpture was found in a 60-foot pit during an operation to clean and repair a century-old sewage pipeline, according to a Jan. 25 statement from the Appia Antica Archaeological Park. “I doubt anyone was expecting a find like this under these circumstances,” Dr. Jane Draycott, an ancient historian, archaeologist, and lecturer at the University of Glasgow, told McClatchy News. “A nice surprise amongst the sewage!”
A lion skin draped over the life-size figure’s head indicates the individual is dressed as Hercules, the mythological hero renowned for his strength, archaeologists said.
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