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Roman horse rears its head

August 28, 2009|Associated Press

A Roman horse head made from bronze and plated in gold has been discovered at an archaeological site in Germany. Hesse state archaeologist Egon Schallmeyer said the head is part of a horse and rider statue and "qualitatively one of the best [pieces] created at that time."

The ornamented, well-preserved head was found this month at the Waldgirmes excavation site in central Germany and displayed Thursday at the German Archaeological Institute in Frankfurt.

Archaeologists have been digging since 1993 at the site, a Roman city during the reign of Emperor Caesar Augustus from 23 BC to 14 AD.

Other parts of the life-size statue were found earlier and include a foot and a decorated chest strap.

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