Ancient Rome was older and bigger than previously thought

After all the years that archaeologists have been excavating ancient Rome, more discoveries keep on popping up, just showing how historically rich and diverse the city was and still is.

Rome gets expanded

Let’s start with the size of ancient Rome. Teams from the university of Southampton and Cambridge have discovered a new wall in the ancient Roman port of Ostia called Portus.

It was previously thought that the section for the Tiber river signified the boundary wall of Rome, but this new finding shows that the city carried on behind this river passage.


The team made the discovery using magnetometry, which maps out the landscapes and reveals ancient buried structures to provide a digital image. This found unknown warehouses.

Professor at Southampton, Simon Keay says via the University of Southampton website:

“The presence of the warehouses along the northern bank of the river provides us with further evidence for the commercial activities that took place there in the first two centuries.”

When was Rome established?

According to Roman literature and mythology of its origins, the ancient city was founded in 753 BC by the brothers Romulus and Remus.


At least that’s what everyone thought until a team of archaeologists are suggesting otherwise. Excavating at the Lapis Niger site, meaning Black Stone in Latin, an Italian team found a wall and river channel made from volcanic tuff dating to around the 9th – 8th century BC.

Close to the walls the team found ceramic which was essential in the dating process, as well as food remains, mainly grains.

Rome is supposed to be celebrating its 2,767th birthday on 21 April, but I’m assuming that this found won’t stop the party.

Find out more on Archaeology News Network.


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