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Monday, December 8, 2014
Giant Ancient Roman Water Basin Uncovered
Italian archaeologists have unearthed the largest Roman water basin ever found, right in the heart of modern Rome.
Found some 65 feet down near St. John in Lateran Basilica during the excavation of the new metro C line, the huge irrigation basin measures 115 feet by 230 feet.
“It’s so big that it goes beyond the perimeter of the metro work site. It has not been possible to uncover it completely,” Rossella Rea, the dig’s director, said at a news conference in Rome.
Photos: Ancient Water Basin Found in Rome
Rea, who led an all-woman team of archaeologists, noted the basin was lined with hydraulic plaster and most likely extends, still preserved, beyond the work site toward the ancient city walls.
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Posted by David Beard MA, FSA, FSA Scot at 8:18 PM
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