‘Mini-Pom­peii’ found in dig at sub­way con­struc­tion site

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

ROME | Dig­ging for Rome’s new sub­way has un­earthed the charred ru­ins of an early 3rd cen­tury build­ing and the 1,800-year-old skele­ton of a crouch­ing dog that ap­par­ently per­ished in the same blaze that col­lapsed the struc­ture.

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists on Mon­day said they made the dis­cov­ery on May 23 while ex­am­in­ing a 33-foot-deep hole bored near the an­cient Aure­lian Walls as part of con­struc­tion work for the Metro C line.

Ex­perts say the Rome ru­ins might be from an aris­to­crat’s home at the foot of the nearby Celian Hill or from a nearby mil­i­tary bar­racks, which it­self had been ex­plored in other ex­ca­va­tions for the sub­way line.

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