Abandoned Roman town of Interamna Lirenas mapped by researchers

Published on September 10th, 2012 | by Admin


Researchers have mapped the ancient Roman town of Interamna Lirenas in Italy which was abandoned 1,500 years ago.

The street plan reveals the location of a theatre, marketplace and other buildings on the site of Interamna Lirenas in the Liri Valley of Southern Lazio.

It debunks previous views that the town, originally founded as a Roman colony in the 4th century BC and located 50 miles south of Rome, was nothing but a sleepy backwater.

Martin Millett, Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, said the complete street plan showed Interamna Lirenas was a bustling urban centre in its own right.

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Story: Ben Kendall | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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