Rome metro work uncovers ‘House of Commander’

Mar 3, 2018 3:27 pm

Was discovered at the Amba Aradam stop work

Work on a new Rome’s subway station has uncovered an ancient Roman ‘Commander’s House’, the first discovery of its kind in the Italian capital, archaeologists said Friday.

The dig on the Metro C line has turned up a domus connected to the dormitory of a barracks built at the time of Emperor Trajan and then modified by Hadrian.

The dormitory and barracks were discovered at the Amba Aradam stop work site in 2016. “It is an exceptional discovery because a barracks has never been identified before in Rome, nor a domus connected to the barracks,” said Rome’s archaeological superintendent, Rossella Rea.

The domus of the commander was found about 12 metres under the level of the Amba Aradam station, near the Basilica of San Giovanni Laterano (St John Lateran).

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