The archaeologist stares down into the enormous hole that edges up to the back of Rome’s rugby stadium and gestures helplessly. “Make no mistake, this Roman necropolis we have found stretches right under the pitch.”
Marina Piranomonte is talking about the Stadio Flaminio, after seeing how the “City of the Dead” she has dug up behind Gate 7 has fared under the winter rains. With 23 funeral inscriptions, dozens of bronze coins, oil lamps and more than 1,000 ceramic fragments found since digging started in 2008, Piranomonte believes the necropolis could be “immense,” containing up to 50 tombs linked by a grid of streets.
Story: Tom Kington, The Observer | Photo: Getty Images