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Gold-plated Roman horse head found in Germany

Associated Press Modified: August 27, 2009 at 11:02 am •  Published: August 27, 2009
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FRANKFURT (AP) — Scientists say 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 says 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 earlier 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 B.C. to 14 A.D.

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