The city of Rome is over 2,000 years old, and the earth beneath it is a treasure trove of artifacts. Since the construction of the third subway line ‘Line C' started, archaeologists have been busy trying to save and bag artifacts, some of which have been quite impressive.
Medieval kitchens with pans and pots
The medieval homes were publicly announced by archaeologists in 2008 just a year after work on the third subway line had begun.
The homes still had kitchens complete with pieces of pans and pots. The researchers were also able to find a kitchen from the 9th Century that had three sauce-heating pots. There are two similar pots that had been found earlier in Italy.
A copper factory
After the discovery of the pots, the ground under the Line C construction kept giving. In 2008, the same year the medieval kitchens were announced, a copper factory estimated to be from the 6th Century was also discovered.
The factory was complete with tools like ovens used to melt the copper alloy among others. Copper was an essential resource for the Roman Empire and was used in the making of coins as well as the very famous plumbing system in Rome and such factories were very vital for the economy.
Ancient military barracks
In 2016, as work to extend the subway Line C was underway, archaeologists announced yet another great find. Military barracks presumed to be of Emperor Hadrian’s army that was more than 2,000 years old was discovered.
The discovered army barracks had 39 fresco and mosaic-lined rooms for storing weapons and sleeping places for the soldiers. The barracks also had a mass grave with 13 adult skeletons. These could have been some of the fallen soldiers.
Unlike the days of Benito Mussolini when the first Line was being constructed, during the planning of Line C, it was anticipated that there would be plenty of time for archaeology and this time, care was taken to preserve history in the best way possible.