“Archeological Enigma” discovered in Rome
Archaeologists have been left at a loss by the discovery of some mysterious ruins in Rome, which could be the remains of one of the city’s earliest churches.
The find was made at Ponte Milvio, a bridge along the River Tiber in the northern part of the city. And it came about completely by chance while electrical technicians, who were laying cables along the site, uncovered remains of buildings dating back to between the first and fourth century AD.
Part of these remains look likely to have been used as a warehouse, but it’s an older building on the higher level that has presented archaeologists with a mystery. Coloured marbles sourced from north Africa were used in the building’s floors and walls, suggesting that it served an important purpose either for a Roman noble family or for the local community.
And its location close to an early cemetery has led to a theory that it could also be an early religious site, possibly one of Rome’s very first churches, although there were no signs of an altar or religious decoration.
Studies and works keep going on this new discovery, to make clear what is hidden under the surface.