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Buried but found: First images of a lost Roman town
Phys.org ^ | Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | U of Cambridge

Posted on 09/10/2012 6:02:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Originally founded as a Roman colony in the 4th century BCE, the site of Interamna Lirenas lies in the Liri Valley in Southern Lazio, about 50 miles south of Rome itself. After it was abandoned around the year 500 CE, it was scavenged for building materials and, over time, its remains were completely lost from view. Today, the site is an uninterrupted stretch of farmland, with no recognisable archaeological features.

Now, researchers have successfully produced the first images of the ancient site, using geophysical methods that allowed them to look beneath the surface of the earth and map the layout of the entire settlement, which spans 25 hectares.

The resulting pictures have already thrown up a few surprises. Earlier scholars had previously imagined that the Roman town of Interamna Lirenas was something of a sleepy backwater, but the large marketplace and theatre instead suggest that, in fact, it was a bustling economic and social centre in its own right...

Interamna Lirenas is an enticing case study because, in spite of its size, it did not expand significantly during the high point of Rome's Imperial age, meaning that it retained much of its original colonial shape and features...

Knowing that a full-scale excavation of such a large area would be impractical, the research team decided to carry out a systematic geophysical analysis instead.

The main techniques they used were magnetometry and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). Magnetometry measures changes in the earth's magnetic field caused by different features beneath the surface, and allowed the researchers to identify the town's overall layout, many individual buildings and a wide open area in the settlement's centre -- its forum or marketplace.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: ancientrome; egypt; godsgravesglyphs; mesopotamia
Buried but found: First images of a lost Roman town

1 posted on 09/10/2012 6:02:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

another area that was green and fertile way back


2 posted on 09/10/2012 6:07:15 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

That’s the wrong title, I forgot to change it after my first attempt was not welcome on FR (source was, not just the article).


3 posted on 09/10/2012 6:08:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh. That explains. I thought I had taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque because I got directions from a rabbit...


4 posted on 09/10/2012 6:12:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Mods, for the title change!

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


5 posted on 09/10/2012 6:14:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

“the year 500 CE”

Is that BC or AD? The writer must be a Democrat./s


6 posted on 09/10/2012 6:15:07 PM PDT by bleach (If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong.)
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To: bleach

CE means “Common Era” and is the same as AD

Example: 2012 CE is 2012 AD

BCE means “Before Common Era” and is the same as BC

Example: 500 BCE is 500 BC

Just another way for the enlightened to remove Christ from the conversation.


7 posted on 09/10/2012 6:21:22 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: bleach

It would be much more accurate to use the Jewish calendar, but we can’t have everything. ;’)


8 posted on 09/10/2012 6:37:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GeronL

‘Earlier scholars had previously imagined that the Roman town of Interamna Lirenas was something of a sleepy backwater, but the large marketplace and theatre instead suggest that, in fact, it was a bustling economic and social centre in its own right... ‘

Those dang scholars are drinking the same water as scientists. It causes one to imagine many things that are not so.


9 posted on 09/10/2012 6:53:43 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: SunkenCiv
4th century BCE

Sorry, but I won't read anything that says, "BCE." As a Christian and an historian, I'm deeply offended.

10 posted on 09/10/2012 6:55:07 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: taterjay

Those crazy leftists only care about the Cairo-Rome Axis and everything else is flyover country


11 posted on 09/10/2012 6:55:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SunkenCiv

So, Rome had a 'burning man' event just prior to collapse?

12 posted on 09/10/2012 6:55:33 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeronL

Now something serious. How are all these towns covered up? I thought it took millions of years to make 1 inch of topsoil.


13 posted on 09/10/2012 6:55:49 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: taterjay

I have no clue


14 posted on 09/10/2012 7:19:48 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Gator113
CE means “Common Era” and is the same as AD

I appreciate what you're saying but... no. It is not the same thing.

I always like to ask the libtards who champion this date scheme "What event marks the line between BCE and CE?" It's fun.

15 posted on 09/10/2012 8:03:18 PM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: taterjay

The winds of time blow sand, dust, dirt at a rate of a few feet every hunderd or so years; a prime example of this can be found in Isreal when visiting the Crusader Castles. You can see how during unoccupied periods between Crusades that the sand built up and when the next group came into the fortifications, they literally built up from that level a newer and higher level, which was done a total of three times.


16 posted on 09/10/2012 8:23:09 PM PDT by Jumper
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To: laweeks
Sorry, but I won't read anything that says, "BCE." As a Christian and an historian, I'm deeply offended.

BUMP what you said. Same here.
We (real) Americans told the atheist Democrats and their global socialist community to go play with themselves when they tried to convert America to the metric system 20 years ago, so I can't understand why so many Americans rolled over when these same atheists came back and dumped centuries of tradition and forced this "common era" crap down their throats.

17 posted on 09/10/2012 8:39:46 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: pgyanke

“What event marks the line between BCE and CE?”

Simply brilliant


18 posted on 09/11/2012 4:08:54 AM PDT by rusty millet
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To: SunkenCiv

Maybe it’s just me but I don’t see any identification for the image. That can’t be the town. A theater or forum perhaps?


19 posted on 09/11/2012 11:19:51 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: laweeks

So, if you don’t, how did you know it was in the text?


20 posted on 09/11/2012 5:01:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: taterjay

That’s not serious, that’s just stupid.


21 posted on 09/11/2012 5:02:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

LOL!


22 posted on 09/11/2012 5:02:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: colorado tanker

Yeah, I think it’s just part of the site, and easier to recognize than ordinary structures. Somewhere there’s a file (maybe not here) about a pre-Roman (Etruscan, I think) version of Venice — basically an ancient city built with canals.


23 posted on 09/11/2012 5:06:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
So, if you don’t, how did you know it (BCE) was in the text?

It was in the browser teaser. All ya' gotta' do is use BCE or AD (After Dating) and you lose me completely. (AD's tougher to see, but they usually qualify it so as to not offend their colleagues.

24 posted on 09/11/2012 5:06:53 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Jumper

Thank you Jumper! In Yorkshire a medieval Viking site has been covered by more than eight feet of soil in circa 1000 years.


25 posted on 09/11/2012 5:07:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Gee, leave it to the Romans to create a well layed out town, nothing like the ragtaggled towns I’ve seen.


26 posted on 09/11/2012 9:11:30 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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