In 2008, famous antiquities collector Graham Geddes of Melbourne, Australia, revealed his discovery of a 1,800-year-old marble bust that looked like Elvis Presley. The ‘Elvis’ sculpture is 2nd Century AD Roman acroterion – a kind of architectural ornament often found on the corners of a sarcophagus, a stone tomb or burial chamber. According to antiquities specialist Georgiana Aitken: ‘It bears an uncanny likeness to Elvis Presley. It’s the quiff that does it.”
Ms. Aitken made other statements that caused quite a commotion within the archaeological community:
“Looking at this face with its Elvis-like quiff, strong jaw and nose, one is inevitably led to the thought that the human face, for all its diversity and subtlety, has after all an ability to repeat itself.”
“Fans of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, seeing this face from the distant past will be forgiven for thinking that their idol may well have lived a previous life.”
This notion caused many collectors, archaeologists, and museum curators to take a second look at their collections and to do extensive searches in their photographic reference books to see if Elvis images may have been found in other ancient cultures.
An even better likeness of Elvis was found in this Roman burial vault acroterion circa mid-to-late 2nd century AD.
Here are some of the other Elvis likenesses found in archaeological collections:
Adalaid, Australia – Cave Drawing – 300,000 BC
Luxor, Egypt — Giant Bust Sculpture — 2,000 BC
Belize River Valley, Belize – Cave drawing – 60,000 BC
Sultan Kala, Turkmenistan – Stone Carving – 1,400 AD
Florence, Italy – Bronze Bust – 900 AD
Pylos, Greece – Marble Bust – 600 BC
St. Lucia, West Indies – Wall Art – 1,200 AD
Iraklio, Crete — Giant Carved Cameo — 1,100 AD
Sagalassos, Turkey – Stone Tablet – 400 AD
Kyota Japan –Bamboo Wood Carving – 1,500 AD
Burial and Ritual Sites, Central Mongolia – Cave Drawing — 150,000 BC
Tiwanaku, Bolivia – Painted Stone Tablet – 1,600 AD
Moon Landing – Clue to Earlier Visitors — 1971
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