It is not every day that one falls on valuable statues of Antiquity for the ride Sunday. An Israeli woman walking around ancient ruins was discovered, by chance, the top of a statue, which has made it possible to dig two busts of the roman era, announced on Sunday the Authority on israeli Antiquities (AIA). It is of life-size sculptures, made of limestone, and discoveries in the city of Beit Shean, in the north of the country, at the beginning of the month, according to a press release from the AIA, which has been dated to the late roman period, there are about 1,700 years old.

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Eitan Klein, deputy head of the unit for the prevention of the theft of the AIA, and the two sculptures discovered. GALI TIBBON/AFP

The busts, well preserved, represent two men. One of them wears the beard and his bust has been carved in the oriental style, the mode towards the end of the roman period, sheds light on Eitan Klein, deputy head of the unit for the prevention of the theft of the AIA.

The remains of burial caves

According to the AIA, the sculptures, until then under the ground, have become visible due to recent heavy rains. They are located in the north of the national park of Beit Shean, in the middle of the ruins of a roman city and byzantine. “The busts of this kind were usually placed inside or near the burial caves, and they often represented the image of the deceased,” said Mr. Klein in this release of the AIA.

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The walker israeli who discovered these busts will receive a “certificate of recognition” for having told the AIA, said. The busts will be on display to the public when the researchers have completed their research on them.