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Work on Rome’s water system uncovers ancient funerary complex


An archaeological survey ahead of the installation of new water pipes in Rome’s Appio-Latino district revealed remains of three structures belonging to a single funerary complex built 2,000 years ago, according to local news reports.


Work on Rome’s water system uncovers ancient funerary complex
Credit: ANSA



Daniela Porro, head of Italy’s Special Superintendence for archaeology, art and heritage in Rome, said that the discovery “sheds light on a very important context.”


Work on Rome’s water system uncovers ancient funerary complex
Credit: ANSA

The tombs were erected at some point between the first century BC and AD 100 along the Via Latina, one of the earliest Roman roads.


Work on Rome’s water system uncovers ancient funerary complex
Credit: ANSA



“Once again, Rome shows important traces of the past throughout its urban fabric,” Porro said in comments cited by RomaToday.


Work on Rome’s water system uncovers ancient funerary complex
Credit: ANSA

The structural integrity of the complex, which lies about 0.5 m below the level of the present-day street, had been compromised by construction carried out in the era prior to the advent of policies to protect the city’s heritage, according to the daily, which said that one of the tombs bore marks of fire damage.


Archaeologists found an intact ceramic funerary urn containing bone fragments and a terracotta figurine of a dog's head. 


Source: EFE [January 01, 2022]



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