The head of a female Amazon warrior has been found by British and Italian archeologists. The statue was found in the debris at Herculaneum, a town destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
It is the first time an ancient Roman statue has been found with the colors preserved. According to Jane Thompson, the project manager, the coloring was subtle and sophisticated rather than the bright colors thought to be used by the Romans.
Monica Martelli, the archaeological team’s restorer, told Richard Owen, a reporter from the London Times “although the nose and mouth were missing, the hair, pupils and eyelashes were as pristine as they were when Herculaneum was overwhelmed by the eruption. Those eyes are alive, looking at us from 2,000 years ago” Martelli said. “To find this much pigment is very, very special.” Although it had been known that
Roman statues were painted, only faint traces of pigment had been previously found.
Hurculaneum and Pompeii were destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted. While Pompeii was buried in volcanic ash, Hurculaneum was buried in molten rock.