THE discovery of a 6th-century B.C. residence under a palazzo in central Rome proves the ancient city was much bigger than previously thought, archaeologists say.
Officials said the area on the Quirinale Hill had long been thought to have only been used as a necropolis, with ancient Rome’s residential zone further south and centred around the Roman Forum.
But archaeologists excavating a palazzo on the hill said they discovered a well-preserved rectangular home, complete with wooden supports and a roof, proving that the area was also used for residential purposes.
The ANSA news agency quoted excavation chief Mirella Serlorenzi as saying the discovery “means that Rome at the start of the 6th century was much bigger than what we thought and wasn’t just centred around the Forum.”
Unfortunately, the news comes amid fears that Rome, the Eternal City, is on the “verge of collapse”.
Despite being one of the 10 biggest cities in Europe, receiving more than 10 million foreign visitors annually, the city almost went bankrupt last year with its streets a shambles, basic