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Rome, Italy

Twelve ancient Roman marble panels were part of a cache of treasures unearthed in a garden at a private home near Fiano Romano, Italy. The relics are thought to have been looted by robbers approximately ten years ago, but pressure on the illegal trade of antiquities may have caused the panels to stay buried until now.

The marble reliefs, which depict gladiators engaged in combat, date back to the first century B.C. The panels were most likely removed from the nearby Roman settlement of Lucus Feroniae some 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Rome.

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