How old is me Rome ?
June Samaras <june.samaras <at> GMAIL.COM>
2014-04-14 22:03:31 GMT
Archaeologists' findings may prove Rome a century older than thought
As Italian capital approaches 2,767th birthday, excavation reveals wall
built long before official founding year of 753BC
John Hooper in Rome
theguardian.com, Sunday 13 April 2014 17.38 BST
Rome may be older than its official birthday of 21 April 753BC when founded
by Romulus and Remus. Photograph: WestEnd61/Rex
It is already known as the eternal city, and if new archaeological findings
prove correct Rome may turn out to be even more ancient than believed until
Next week, the city will celebrate its official, 2,767th birthday.
According to a tradition going back to classic times, the brothers Romulus
and Remus founded the city on 21 April in the year 753BC.
But on Sunday it was reported that evidence of infrastructure building had
been found, dating from more than 100 years earlier. The daily Il Messagero
quoted Patrizia Fortini, the archaeologist responsible for the Forum, as
saying that a wall constructed well before the city's traditional founding
date had been unearthed.
The wall, made from blocks of volcanic tuff, appeared to have been built to
channel water from an aquifer under the Capitoline hill that flows into the
river Spino, a tributary of the Tiber. Around the wall, archaeologists
found pieces of ceramic pottery and remains of food.