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Surprise in Rome: they fix sewers and find a life-size statue of Hercules


Workers working in sewage works found the piece of marble in the southern part of the Italian capital.

''Today, after weeks of moving dumps completely devoid of archaeological finds, Scott Park gave us a big surprise:

a life-size marble statue

that, due to the presence of the club and the leonté -the lion's skin that covers his head - he can certainly identify with a

character dressed as Hercules"

, it was announced this Friday the 27th in Rome.

This was determined by the archaeologist Federica Acierno, who is following the excavations'.


Appia Antica Archaeological Park

wrote the news of the find on Facebook, reporting that in the Scott Park area, between Cristoforo Colombo and Via Appia Antica, Acea Gruppo con Bacino Sud SRL, has been working on a construction site for several months to a difficult overhaul and for the reclamation of the sewage pipeline.

An ancient marble statue representing Hercules surprised a group of archaeologists carrying out an excavation in Rome's Scott Park.

EFE/Appia Antica Archaeological Park

It happened that "at various points the collapse of the old oil pipeline, dating from the last century, had actually caused the opening of dangerous cracks in the park and landslides from the hill," the experts explain.

Therefore, a large and complex intervention was necessary that involved large earthworks and that will be followed by a complete restoration of the altimetric profile of the area and the planting of new trees as agreed with the Appia Antica Regional Park.

However, the area is ''valuable from a naturalistic point of view'' and is also an area

of ​​''archaeological interest''


In fact, experts emphasize, it is close to the Catacombs of Priscilla, a Romano-Paleo-Christian cemetery located on Via Salaria in the city of Rome, one of the oldest that has been discovered and preserves some frescoes of special importance for art history.

The discovery occurred on Wednesday after weeks of excavation "completely devoid of archaeological interest", indicated the archaeological environment in their profiles on social networks.- EFE / Appia Antica Archaeological Park

Now, therefore, "in the second mile of the Via Appia Antica and the excavation works, which have reached a height of 20 meters below the level of the walking surface, have been constantly followed by an archaeologist, coordinated by Appian Archaeological Ancient Park officials.

And today the splendid discovery is the statue of Hercules.

Source: ANSA

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