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Rome: Metro station will be archaeology museum


Romans are used to builders finding Roman relics under building sites, but this one's probably unique: a 2nd-century military barracks, found under a planned station on Rome's new Metro C line. The barracks will now become a museum within the station.

The ruins, 9 meters below street level so they escaped the original radar survey, include at least 39 rooms, many with mosaics and frescoes. Rome's archaeological superintendent's office has worked with Roma Metropolitana on a solution that keeps construction going while safeguarding the heritage.

Some parts of the structure may be dismantled and relocated within the 1700+ square meter site. The station site is between he Colosseum and the Imperial Forum. Officials say the budget is already loaded with funds for archaeological finds because planners knew in advance there would be some.

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Photo: Archaeological Superintendency of Rome

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