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Founding of Rome pushed back 200 years


The discovery of a wall that dates back to 900 B.C. is pushing back the found of Rome by 200 years.

Using the latest technology, archeologists in Italy uncovered pieces of the wall made from tufa – a type of limestone – along with fragments of ceramics and grains, during excavation of the Lapis Niger, a black stone shrine that preceded the Roman Empire by several centuries.

According to local legend Rome was founded by twin brothers Romulus and Remus in 753 BC. But this discovery has convinced leading Italian archeologists the city may have been founded 200 [years] before that.

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Story: Josephine McKenna, The Telegraph | Photo: Alamy

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