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Metro construction uncovered ancient Roman aqueduct

Metro construction in Rom has led to the discovery of a 100-foot-long section of 2,300-year-old aqueduct.

It measures two metres tall, and is made up of equally-sized blocks arranged in five rows. As for location, it lies 17-18 metres below Rome’s Piazza Celimontana, slightly to the south-east of the Colosseum in the historical centre.

“It was thanks to the concrete bulkheads used for work on the metro that we could get down to that level,” explained Morretta.

“The opportunity to safely reach this depth allowed us to uncover and document an exception sequence of stratigraphy and structures from the Iron Age (tombs and grave objects from the tenth century BC) to the modern age (foundations of 19th-century housing”.

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Story: Catherine Edwards, The Local | Photo: Archaeological Superintendency Rome

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