People: 10 Mysterious Ancient Roman Archaeological Finds

People: 10 Mysterious Ancient Roman Archaeological Finds

Awesome People: 10 Mysterious Ancient Roman Archaeological Finds

From treasures you can’t imagine to bejeweled human remains, here are 10 of the greatest and most mysterious archaeological finds ever made in Ancient Rome.

10 “Mini Pompeii” Metro
During the 2007 construction of the Line C Metro in Rome, workers accidentally uncovered one of the most incredible archaeological finds of all time: a partially intact ancient home. Archaeologist Gilberto Pagani was absolutely blown away by the house, which was found roughly 40 feet underground, he dubbed it the “mini pompeii” due to its preservation method. The home caught on fire some 1800 years ago, causing the ceiling to collapse. The falling ceiling sealed the home, preserving everything inside, giving us a glimpse of everyday second century Roman life. Complete with incredible mosaics and marble floors, Pagani’s crew even discovered a large dog’s skeleton inside, well preserved in the rubble, and many intact structural beams. The find has actually since been used to create more accurate models of Roman homes and structures, giving us an even clearer picture of ancestral Roman life. Whats really incredible is that the home will be carefully removed for preservation and restoration, and then put back to be used as part of the metro station, it will certainly be one the most beautiful and historical metro stops in the world.

9 Ara Pacis
The Ara Pacis is a monument in Rome built to commemorate the peaceful and successful reign of Augustus, the first true Emperor of the Roman Republic. Rediscovered in 1568, when the first fragments of the great monument emerged, the Ara Pacis was not restored until much later in the 1930s when Benito Mussolini ordered the project to begin. The monument was made entirely of hand carved marble and depicted the lineage of Augustus’ family alongside scenes of mythology. Inside of the construction was a sacrificial altar where blood sacrifices and burnt offerings were sent to the gods. The fragments have been kept in museum safekeeping since then with a highly controversial architectural piece done by the firm of Richard Meier taking the place of the original monument.

8 A Mosaic in England
During a 2015 dig in Boxford, England, a stunning, massive mosaic was uncovered amid rubble. Depicting numerous scenes, including Hercules during his trials and Bellerophon fighting a Chimera, the obviously Roman work was thought to be a hoax due to its odd location until testing revealed it to be over one thousand years old and of certain Roman creation. Rome invaded Britain in 43 AD, so the piece was likely commissioned during that time and eventually lost. Incredibly, the work survived over ten centuries buried in Boxford, unnoticed and undisturbed, a testament to the Roman influence spread around the globe.

7 Corinth
In the time before planes, controlling seaports meant having power and prosperity. These good tides also brought attention from the rest of the world, putting nations at greater risk of invasions. Corinth, a Greek city, held two seaports, making it a highly sought after landmass. It was leveled in a hostile Roman takeover in 146 BCE and rebuilt with as part of the Roman Empire. In 44 BCE, Caesar reclaimed the ports as Greek property, which has remained Corinth ever since. Over time, the port of Lechaion became weighted down and crumbled into the sea, at which point it was presumed lost forever. Recently, though, a dive team discovered the sunken remains of the land and were shocked to find that the architecture and advancements of the area were not Greek, but instead Roman. The Greeks retained the Roman work, allowing the innovations of the empire to spread as visitors came to do business with the Greeks.

6 Copper Factory
In 2008, researchers discovered an entire factory’s remmanents buried beneath the dust. Dated to around the sixth century, this factory was used to smelt copper, one of Rome’s most important resources for coin making, architecture, and the historically incredible Roman plumbing system and aqueducts. Romans would melt down ores and pour the metal into specialized molds to create pipes, individual coins, and other pieces. The craftsmen of such work would toil in extremely hot environments and had to be extremely cautious in their work to prevent serious burns from the molten metal and hot tools. Many aspects of their smelting process was recovered within this excavation, giving us a little more insight in the system the Romans used which was ahead of its time .

5 Intact Military Barrack
4 Military Commander’s Home
3 Aqueduct
2 An Art Treasure Trove
1 The Bejeweled Martyr Skeletons

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