December 8, 2023



Dozens Of Statues Were Buried In A Mud Bath For 2,300 Years, Preserving Them Perfectly

IFL Science

By Dr. Katie Spalding

November 20, 2023

t most day spas and retreats, mud baths take about 20 minutes. At the thermal baths of San Casciano dei Bagni, near Siena, Italy, however, they can last for 2,300 years – and it appears to work wonders.

It was last year, after three years of excavations, that the team working on this ancient site finally started uncovering the treasures lying beneath the mud. Initially, it was just small things – a coin, or some minor part of a statue – but soon, they found themselves face to face with what experts hailed as one of the most significant finds in the history of the region.

And when we say “face to face,” we mean it literally.

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