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Archaeologists Find Tomb Under Roman Forum
AP ^ | Jan 20th, 2006 | AP

Posted on 01/20/2006 2:48:28 PM PST by The_Republican

ROME - Archaeologists digging beneath the Roman Forum have discovered a 3,000-year-old tomb that pre-dates the birth of ancient Rome by several hundred years.

State TV Thursday night showed an excavation team removing vases from the tomb, which resembled a deep well.

Archaeologists were excavating under the level of the ancient forum, a popular tourist site, when they dug up the tomb, which they suspect is part of an entire necropolis, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

"I am convinced that the excavations will bring more tombs to light," ANSA quoted Rome's archaeology commissioner, Eugenio La Rocca, as saying.

Also found inside the tomb was a funerary urn, ANSA said.

State TV quoted experts as saying the tomb appeared to date to about 1,000 B.C., meaning the people who constructed the necropolis pre-dated the ancient Romans by hundreds of years.

Legend has it that Rome was founded in 753 B.C. by Romulus and Remus, the twin sons of the god of war, Mars.

Last year, archaeologists who have been digging for some two decades in the forum said they believed they found evidence of a royal palace roughly dating to the period of the legendary founding.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1000bc; achaeology; ancientrome; godsgravesglyphs; rome; tomb
Exciting Find!
1 posted on 01/20/2006 2:48:30 PM PST by The_Republican
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To: The_Republican

2 posted on 01/20/2006 2:50:29 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: The_Republican
It's also consistent with a persistent habit of paving over graveyards to build new public structures. After all, good, buildable space "downtown" anywhere has always been in short supply, and the dead, after all, really don't care.

Glad to see Rome's founders were so terribly human.

3 posted on 01/20/2006 2:50:40 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: ruoflaw

ping


4 posted on 01/20/2006 2:52:30 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: The_Republican
Legend has it that Rome was founded in 753 B.C. by Romulus and Remus, the twin sons of the god of war, Mars.

The idea of using the year of Christ's birth as the epoch year of the Julian Calendar was first proposed by the Monk Dionysius Exiguus in 525 AD. At the time, a variety of epoch years were in common use, with the year when Diocletian ascended to the office of Emperor of Rome being the most widely used. Although the Imperial and post-Imperial Romans counted time from various reference points that changed frequently, there was one "epoch date" that was canonically (albeit infrequently) used to unify all their various time counts: the date of the founding of the city of Rome (an era that was called "Ab Urbe Condita," Latin for "From the Founding of the City.") Dionysius explicity specified the year that would be the year 1 of the Anno Domini Era as the year 754 A.U.C. ("Ab Urbe Condita.")

5 posted on 01/20/2006 2:53:15 PM PST by sourcery (Either the Constitution trumps stare decisis, or else the Constitution is a dead letter.)
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To: sourcery

Thanks for dropping the knowledge!!!


6 posted on 01/20/2006 2:54:25 PM PST by The_Republican
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To: billorites

She's not getting anywhere near my artifact!


7 posted on 01/20/2006 2:56:07 PM PST by DoughtyOne (01/11/06: Ted Kennedy becomes the designated driver and moral spokesperson for the Democrat party.)
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To: The_Republican

This is cool. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.


8 posted on 01/20/2006 2:58:41 PM PST by DoughtyOne (01/11/06: Ted Kennedy becomes the designated driver and moral spokesperson for the Democrat party.)
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To: The_Republican; blam; SunkenCiv

BTTT


9 posted on 01/20/2006 2:58:51 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: The_Republican

bump


10 posted on 01/20/2006 3:02:33 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: The_Republican

Romulus?

11 posted on 01/20/2006 3:08:08 PM PST by stinkerpot65
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To: billorites


"Brad Pitt, Womb Raider"


12 posted on 01/20/2006 3:11:56 PM PST by msnimje (Senate Democrats ----------- Sound and Furry Signifying INSIGNIFICANCE)
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To: The_Republican

Do you have any idea where in the Forum this was located? My wife and I were just in Rome about 10 months ago. We spent half a day exploring the Forum. It extends over quite a vast area. Do they think there are burial sites throughout?


13 posted on 01/20/2006 3:14:13 PM PST by stevem
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To: The_Republican

So then who were these ancient pre-Roman people? Etruscans, colonizing Greeks, Gauls?


14 posted on 01/20/2006 3:16:02 PM PST by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: starbase; stevem

Great questions. Maybe someone would enlighten us all.


15 posted on 01/20/2006 3:17:22 PM PST by The_Republican
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To: stinkerpot65

Remus??

16 posted on 01/20/2006 3:17:49 PM PST by The Chid
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To: The_Republican
1,000 B.C., meaning the people who constructed the necropolis pre-dated the ancient Romans by hundreds of years.

Etruscans, perhaps? Should be easy to identify, as Rome and the surrounding area is full of their artifacts, especially delightful at the Etruscan Museum. Anything other than Etruscan would be interesting indeed.

17 posted on 01/20/2006 3:23:25 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: The Chid

Could it be?


18 posted on 01/20/2006 3:36:18 PM PST by stinkerpot65
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To: The Chid

Nah. Remus hangs out with Br'er Rabbit.


19 posted on 01/20/2006 3:39:29 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: starbase

I think there were lots of tribes on the It. penninsula before Rome.


20 posted on 01/20/2006 3:48:05 PM PST by virgil
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To: virgil

Read Livy on the subject. There were many tribes including the Etruscans and the Voii.


21 posted on 01/20/2006 4:13:08 PM PST by Publius
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To: The_Republican

So a funny thing happened on the way to the Forum...


22 posted on 01/20/2006 4:20:51 PM PST by mikrofon (History BUMP)
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To: starbase
Etruscans would be my bet. Not that it has a thing to do with this find but in the early 80's I attended a make up Rotary meeting in Volterra, Italy. The restaurant was built into a 2,500 year old Etruscan wall.
23 posted on 01/20/2006 4:41:46 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (Justice and "The Law" are not always the same thing.)
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24 posted on 01/20/2006 10:50:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv (In the long run, there is only the short run.)
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To: starbase

Probably Etruscans, but we'll have to wait and see.


25 posted on 01/20/2006 10:51:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (In the long run, there is only the short run.)
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26 posted on 04/11/2006 4:04:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: DoughtyOne
She's not getting anywhere near my artifact!

S'okay, she isn't after fossils. ;^)

27 posted on 04/11/2006 4:08:42 PM PDT by LexBaird (Tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: LexBaird
Relic maybe. Fossil, not yet.
28 posted on 04/11/2006 5:33:42 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (If you don't want to be lumped in with those who commit violence in your name, take steps to end it.)
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To: The_Republican
Link don't work.

Is there more information on who is doing this excavation?

29 posted on 04/11/2006 5:38:41 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor!)
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Sitting here in Ohio at 10 til Midnight reading H.G. Wells book 1 of the Outline of History...I read ‘ 753 is the date given for the founding of Rome, but there are Etruscan tombs beneath the Roman Forum of a much earlier date than that, and the so called tomb of Romulus bears an indecipherable Etruscan inscription.’ ....... this book was written in 1920 ....and we are just now hearing about this ...Not to mention Etruscan text is not indecipherable.


30 posted on 04/16/2013 8:58:30 PM PDT by ubermensch88
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