Two recently discovered headless Roman statues were re-used as building material.
One statue is of a local notable. The other is likely a governor. One is likely from about 200 A.D., while the other was made around 450 A.D.
The statues were found in the ancient city of Aphrodisias in what is now Turkey.
Excavating the Statues
The two headless Roman statues were found in August 2012.
Early medieval builders used the Roman-era sculptures as a foundation for building materials.
Archaeologists believe the statues' heads probably broke off before they were recycled as building material.
Two headless Roman-era statues were recycled by medieval builders as foundation material.
The statues' clothing and carving styles allowed archaeologists to date them.
Measuring the Statues
A member of the archaeology team takes measurements.
Archaeologist R.R.R. Smith examines two headless Roman statues found in Turkey.
Excavating Headless Statues
R.R.R. Smith and his team have been excavating along "Tetrapylon Street," a boulevard in Aphrodisias, since 2008.
Statue B dates to the fifth century A.D.. He wears a senator's laced boots and toga.
Statue A is dressed in a civilian costume of a cloak and tunic.
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