Belgian team discovers huge Roman statue in Turkey

21st August 2008, Comments 0 comments

A 5-metre statue of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius has been discovered in Sagalassos, Turkey.

21 August 2008

BELGIUM - A Belgian archaeological team of the University of Leuven (Flemish Brabant) has discovered a huge statue of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius in Sagalassos, Turkey.

The 5-metre high statue dates back to 165 AD and is partly made of marble. It is said to be better preserved than a number of other artefacts which was discovered at the same archaeological site.

Professor Marc Waelkens leading the Belgian team is ecstatic. "To give you an idea of the size: when I am standing in front of the legs, my head is not even reaching the knees. I really can't describe how beautiful this is. It's unbelievable."

On Wednesday, the head and the right arm could be recuperated. The head is one metre long and is completely intact. It had to be lifted from the ground by a mobile crane. Four men were needed to lift the arm.

A statue of Emperor Hadrian had been found at the same site earlier on. The statue is now on display at the British Museum.

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