In the strange but true category, the carved head of Emperor Constantine was just discovered in a sewer pipe in Rome:
Archaeologists found the 60cm (2ft) head while clearing an ancient drainage system in the ruins of the Roman Forum.
[snip] Constantine, who reigned from 306 to 337, is known for ending persecution of Christians and founding Constantinople.
Although most of his subjects remained pagans, he is credited with helping to establish Europe’s Christian roots by proclaiming religious freedom.
It could have been put there to symbolise the resentment of a pagan people for their Christian emperor.
Probably carved between 312 and 325 AD, when Constantine was at the height of his power, it may have belonged to a statue of the emperor in full armour.
“Recovering a portrait of this size and in this state of conservation in the very heart of the city is really extraordinary,” said Mr La Rocca.
“We have concluded that the head did not fall by accident into the passage, but was put there on purpose.
“It could have been used as a big piece of stone to divert water from the drain, or it could have been put there to symbolise the resentment of a pagan people for their Christian emperor.”
The head’s unceremonious insertion in the drain may have saved it from the plundering of the Forum after the fall of the Roman empire in the 5th Century.
Using my calculator I estimate that the statue was created approximately 1700 years ago. I hope that someone discovers the head of George W. Bush in a Washington, DC sewer in 3700. They can debate whether it was placed there to ‘divert water from the drain’ or because he was the worst President in the history of the nation.