Practice archaeological dig uncovers 2,000-year-old temple

Published on May 9th, 2012 | by Admin


A mock archaeological dig being held for students at Bonn University actually turned up a genuine 2,000-year-old Roman temple.

Lecturers at Bonn University had set up a mock archaeological dig at a building site on campus to teach hopeful historians digging techniques. What they did not expect to find were the 2,000-year-old foundations of a building, nestled into the dense, clayish mud.

While the initial discovery was made in March, it was only in the past fortnight that the team realised the foundations were from a temple from the Roman era, the floor of which was scattered with broken pottery dating as far back as 800 BC.

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