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Ancient statues found in British ambassador's garden

Rome skyline.
Rome skyline. Image by Bert Kaufmann / CC BY-SA 2.0

Around 350 ancient Roman statues and friezes have been discovered following restoration work to the garden of the British ambassador’s residence in Rome. The artefacts, including carvings showing wild boar, goddesses, freed slaves and their children, chariot races, and the ritual sacrifice of bulls, have been cleaned and will be on display in the garden, which will be open for tours twice a month. The statues were originally part of a nearby Roman necropolis and were used to decorate the garden in the early 19th century, when the house was owned by a Russian princess and visited by the likes of likes of Gogol, Goethe, Stendhal and Sir Walter Scott. Read more: telegraph.co.uk