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2nd century Roman barracks and burial ground discovered in Rome metro upgrade

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posted on May, 17 2016 @ 06:00 AM
You can't dig a hole in Rome without coming across archaeology and true to form engineers working on an upgrade to Rome's metro system have discovered a well preserved barracks thought to have housed elite Praetorian guards dating back to the 2nd century AD.
The barracks cover an area of 9600 square feet , has 39 rooms and houses its own burial ground , remnants of mosaics along with painted wall plaster are also clearly visible , the discovery is being hailed as an exceptional find by the Culture Ministry.

"It's exceptional, not only for its good state of conservation but because it is part of a neighborhood which already included four barracks," said Rossella Rea of the Culture Ministry. "And therefore, we can characterize this area as a military neighborhood."
Archaeologists have also found a collective grave at the barracks, where they have so far discovered 13 adult skeletons along with a bronze coin and a bronze bracelet.
Officials hope to incorporate the discovery into the new metro station, which is scheduled to open in 2020. Work on Rome's Metro Line C has been beset by delays due to corruption probes and funding shortages since launching in 2007.

posted on May, 17 2016 @ 06:03 AM
When we dig, we find. Sometimes lost history of an area that vanished.

posted on May, 17 2016 @ 06:51 AM
That is so cool. Thanks for posting!

posted on May, 17 2016 @ 07:19 AM
Love those mosaic tile floors. Whole masterpieces underfoot, made from one inch colored tiles. Back then they labored intensely over kilns that produce little bits of tile.

Nowadays some labor intensely over little bits of code.

posted on May, 17 2016 @ 01:59 PM
Video of the site.

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