This is SO cool!
The battering waves, wind, and rain in our weekend storm caused part of the ancient maritime cliff in Ashkelon to collapse.
Then yesterday a person walking along the sandy seashore sighted a marble statue being lapped by the now calmer waves!
Authorities were notified. The Israel Antiquities Authority immediately sent the Ashkelon district archaeologist. The municipal council sent a crane.
I watched wide-eyed as the TV news showed the 200 kg, 1.2 meter statue being slowly raised to the top of the cliff.
Next, her pedestal was brought up.
What a way to do archaeology!! No digging necessary!
She is a beauty, the ca. 1700 or 1800 year old lady from the late Roman period.
Very delicate feet and sandals and a lovely toga.
Her head and arms have probably been missing since antiquity.
She once stood in a Roman bath house.
Miraculously she was not damaged in her fall to the beach.
Do see the slideshow at Haaretz, especially photo 3/13 of the statue suspended in midair.
Or photo 1/4 at the Jerusalem Post article.