Two years ago while digging up a new subway line in Rome, construction workers expected to find nothing but dirt. They thought wrong, and discovered an archeological find instead.
Images of the discovery – an ancient Roman barracks dating back to 2nd century CE – were just recently released by Italy’s Ministry of Culture. The photos show the remains of a commander’s house (or what’s called a ‘domus’) connected to the barracks.
The structure – which is buried 15-metres under the Amba Aradam station, near the Basilica of San Giovanni Laterano – contains 14 different rooms, including well-preserved marble floors, a courtyard with a fountain, and even a bathhouse with underfloor heating.
“We think this is where the barracks’ commander used to live and relax after work,” said Francesco Prosperetti, the head of Rome’s monuments authority.
Rossella Rea, the city’s archeological superintendent at Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA), added: “It is an exceptional discovery because a barracks has never been identified before in Rome, nor a domus connected to the barracks.”
To make way for the subway, the house will be dismantled and temporarily moved. It will then be returned to its original location as part of the new station, which according to Prosperetti, “will surely become the most beautiful metro station in the world.”
Via My Modern Met