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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Now if they could just find the she-wolf

Archaeologists report that they have discovered traces of a palace located in the Roman forum dating from the eighth century BC, about the time when legend said the city was founded. No word on Romulus or Remus, though.

Traces of a royal palace discovered in the Roman Forum have been dated to roughly the period of the eternal city's legendary foundation.

Andrea Carandini, a professor of archaeology at Rome's Sapienza University who has been conducting excavations at the Forum for more than 20 years, said he made the discovery over the past month at the spot where the Temple of Romulus stands today.

What is interesting here is the continuity of tradition that links this ancient palace with the classical Temple of Romulus. It's also interesting that a site so thoroughly worked over as the Roman forum could still yield new information.

Read about it here.

UPDATE: The Washington Times has a slightly more informative article on this here.

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