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Roman-era marble head found off Western Greek coast


The head of a statue dating back to Roman times was pulled out of the sea near Preveza, western Greece, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Cultur on Tuesday.


Roman-era marble head found off Western Greek coast
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture

The artefact was discovered by a local official at a depth of about 10 meters who notified the Port Authority of Preveza and then the city’s Ephorate of Antiquities. 




The head was probably created at the time of the emperors Antoninus or Severus (2nd-3rd century AD) and is made of Pentelic marble. It has some damage in parts of the headdress, the nose, the right ear and a small part of the chin, and was partially covered with marine life.


Roman-era marble head found off Western Greek coast
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture

Archaeologists arranged the transfer to the Archaeological Museum of Nikopolis, where desalination and maintenance works began immediately.


Source: Kathimerini [October 12, 2021]



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