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I have found an ancient statue covered in the ground. I am from Haifa, Israel. There are no old buildings nearby. Here is its photo; I don't know what it is!

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I would like to know what period this statue belongs to.

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The picture is very low quality, can't you give us a higher resolution one? –  Yannis Rizos May 24 '13 at 15:04
    
this the camera of the laptop and I don't have any camera to post a higher resolution one ! I will try to catch it by camera phone and post it –  Fayez Abdlrazaq Deab May 24 '13 at 15:08
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1) Where are you located? (Which city are you in or near?) 2) Are there any ruins or old buildings or sites near you? What cultures do they belong to? 3) We really need a clearer photo, and please photograph all sides of the object. –  RI Swamp Yankee May 24 '13 at 15:28
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@FayezAbdlrazaqDeab Can you take a picture of the words? –  Yannis Rizos May 25 '13 at 3:59
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it looks Roman, but the many-breasted (yes, they're not grapes) female figures on the sides depict earlier fertility goddesses. It's not a statue, it's a building ornament, or a part of one. –  jwenting May 27 '13 at 5:51

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This is a marble plinth or capital for a decorative column, likely of Classical Roman origin - the harpies and the immodesty of the subjects particularly give it away. There was a major Roman city nearby at Caesarea.

It will be impossible to give you more information over the internet - your best bet would be to report its discovery to the Antiquities Authority. They'll give you credit for its discovery (a big deal! I'm jealous), and they'll be able to tell you more about it. You probably qualify as a collector, so you'll get to keep it, tho they may request to borrow it for study or display in a museum (A really big deal!).

Congratulations on your find.

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The condition of the sculpture appears to be very good, for something that was left in the ground for 2000 years. Could this be a much more recent copy? –  Eugene Seidel May 31 '13 at 14:26
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@Eugene Seidel - Well, it is, essentially, a rock - and underground, it would be protected from weathering and vandalism. After the Romans came the Byzantines, who moved away from pre-christian imagery, and after them, Islamic cultures, who had a very different representational style, and Crusaders, who didn't have the skill or interest in pre-christian antiquity required to replicate roman decor. –  RI Swamp Yankee Jun 5 '13 at 11:53

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