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Mystery surrounds discovery of ancient Roman marble slab in domestic English garden

An ancient Roman marble slab, used for nearly a decade as a horse mounting block before its origins were revealed, is at the centre of a mystery as experts scramble to find out how it ended up in the garden of a bungalow in England.

The intricate slab features a Greek inscription that gives a clue to its origins, and has been dated back to the second century AD.

But its more recent travels have confounded experts.

The slab was stumbled upon 20 years ago by the owner of a house in Whiteparish, a village in southern England, who found it in the rockery of her garden.

She used it as a mounting block in her stable for almost 10 years before finally noticing a laurel wreath carved into its surface, according to a press release from auction house Woolley and Wallis, which is selling the rock.

The intricate slab features a Greek inscription that gives a clue to its origins. Credit: CNN

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