As if Italy didn't have enough to do, trying to protect ancient sites from weather, time and other natural calamities, there's this: Canadian tourist tries to take home a unique souvenir.
Archaeologists working on digs related to a 'Milan Archaeology' route envisioned for the Milan Expo 2015 have unearthed parts of Mediolanum, the city that served as the capital of the Roman Empire from 292 AD until early in the 5th century. The forum of the city was located under the basement level of what is now the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.
While the Romans weren't the first or only culture to refine lead, they were some of the world's most prodigious manufacturers. They produced tons and tons of refined lead, much of which went into water pipes, coins, jewelry, and building materials. Archaeologists like to hang on to what they find for study, but it turns out that Roman lead has some unique properties that make it very valuable for physicists doing particle experiments, like those that are done at CERN in Switzerland.
Archeologists in London digging on the site of a planned apartment building have found the remains of the Curtain Theater, where such plays as Romeo and Juliet, and Henry V premiered.
Researchers have proposed a new theory regarding the Pantheon, one of the greatest buildings from ancient Rome. Apparently the sun shines through the building's oculus at the just the right angle to illuminate the entrance on two important festival days, when the emperor would have been in attendance.
Excavations anywhere in Rome are bound to turn up ruins of one kind or another, but a few years ago archaeologists found two Imperial-era Roman villas right in the heart of the city. The two villas, dubbed the Domus Romane, had been buried in late antiquity and later formed the foundation of a Baroque palace. Excavations are now complete and the villas are open to the public. I've been visiting Rome every year for over 15 years, and I still have a list of things that I've never seen. Every time I visit the city I check off a few, but the list never gets any shorter. This one just went to the top of the list.
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