ANCIENT STATUE DISCOVERED IN ROME
The ancient statue was being used to decorate a flower bed in a housing estate / Europics
A PRICELESS ancient Roman statue has been discovered being used to decorate a flower bed in a housing estate.
The headless sculpture of an emperor is believed to have been stolen some time in the 1930s and then used during the construction of a posh private square in Naples, Italy.
It is thought to date back to the 2nd century BC and may once have stood in the grand gardens of a local palace.
One officer told the Austrian Times: “We knew they were aware that this statue existed but neither they nor we knew where so we just kept searching until we found it.”
Police have now restored the statue to the city’s archaeological museum after a race against time to beat the Mafia to the treasure.