In Rome, Construction Workers Dig Up Ancient Military Barracks While Building Metro Station
In Rome, two years ago construction workers expected to find nothing but dirt while digging up a new subway line in Rome. They thought wrong, and discovered an archeological find instead. Archaeological investigations for the new Metro C line began in 2006, with the first stations operational 8 years later. As work continues to expand the line, new discoveries are continually revealed and Italy's Ministry of Culture has just unveiled new images of ancient military barracks buried deep below ground level. The 2nd-century CE barracks and dormitory were first discovered by archaeologists in the summer of 2016 while working on the Amba Aradam metro stop. Located near to the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the barracks were buried 15 meters (about 49 feet) below ground level. Now, they have also uncovered new parts of the complex. One wing forms the so-called “Commander's House.” Measuring 300 square meters (about 3,200 square feet), it's broken up into 14 different rooms, including a courtyard with a fountain, well-preserved floor mosaics, and a room fitted for underfloor heating.