Image: A horse's head, part of of an approximately 2,000 years old rider's statue is pictured in Frankfurt
Johannes Eisele  /  Reuters
A horse's head, part of of an approximately 2,000 years old rider's statue was found in an excavation site in Waldgirmes some 20 miles north of Frankfurt.
updated 8/27/2009 11:01:33 AM ET 2009-08-27T15:01:33

Scientists say a Roman horse head made from bronze and plated in gold has been discovered at an archaeological site in Germany.

Hesse state archaeologist Egon Schallmeyer says the head is part of a horse and rider statue and "qualitatively one of the best (pieces) created at that time."

The ornamented, well preserved head was found earlier this month at the Waldgirmes excavation site in central Germany and displayed Thursday at the German Archaeological Institute in Frankfurt.

Archaeologists have been digging since 1993 at the site, a Roman city during the reign of Emperor Caesar Augustus from 23 B.C. to 14 A.D.

Other parts of the life-sized statue were found earlier and include a foot and a decorated chest strap.

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