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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Storm uncovers lost Roman statue

Strong winds and torrential rains have revealed a 1,700-year-old Roman statue buried for centuries on the Israeli coast.

1:03PM GMT 15 Dec 2010

The white-marble figure of a woman in toga and sandals was unearthed in the remains of a cliff that collapsed from being battered by storm winds, waves and rain at the Israeli port city of Ashkelon.

Violent weather battered countries across the Middle East over the weekend, with winds topping 100 kilometres (60 miles) per hour and waves reaching up to 10 metres (32.8 feet) tall and cities in Lebanon and Israel suffering power cuts.

The statue, which is missing its head and arms, dates from to the Roman occupation of the region between 1,800 and 2,000 years ago.