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Did archaeologists unearth the oldest known Roman temple?

Did Archaeologists Unearth The Oldest Known Roman Temple?

Archaeologists digging in central Rome say they've found what could be the oldest known Roman temple: the temple of Fortuna.

It's believed to have been built around the 7th century BC for the goddess of Fortuna.

The dig has been challenging for the team as the temple is located more than 7 feet below the water line. They dug a hole about 15 feet deep and stabilized the walls of the hole with metal sheeting.

One of the researchers working on the Sant'Ombono project told NPR they were only able to keep the hole open for three days because they feared it could collapse on them.

The team, made up of researchers from the University of Michigan, University of Calabria and Rome archeology officials, have been excavating since 2009. Along the way, they've been uncovering new ideas about ancient Rome.

They say that ancient Rome wasn't as enduring as we thought.

They believe one way the Romans altered their cities was by leveling hilltops and filling valleys to flatten the terrain. They say the river near the temple of Fortuna was also likely diverted by the Romans to make the temple a harbor temple.

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womenscountry January 31 2014 at 6:16 AM

So have you detractor's on here done much traveling in the United States lately? We have our own deteriorating infrastructure and disgusting conditions to contend with. What is with this constant criticism of Europe?

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drrgordon January 30 2014 at 7:36 PM


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chetrbronx01 January 30 2014 at 6:00 PM

Incredible what else could we find,if we'd find peace

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annedyth chetrbronx01 January 30 2014 at 6:49 PM

unfortunately, I doubt we will ever find that....

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jlw1877 January 30 2014 at 5:59 PM

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franklinintl January 30 2014 at 5:33 PM

Interesting -- up to now, historians had thought the earlisit evidence of Rome was the 5th century, two hundred years later than this find.

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Amiee/Patrick January 30 2014 at 5:32 PM

So how did they come up with the name Fortuna or was built for a goddess by that name? Are there documents at the site that prove this theory? Its important to be accurate and per the story it is only "likely".

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annedyth Amiee/Patrick January 30 2014 at 6:50 PM

there was indeed a Goddess by that name.

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n329df January 30 2014 at 7:05 PM

enough of the freekin videos, we do know how to read

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henry_bevis n329df January 30 2014 at 7:35 PM


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agdathome January 30 2014 at 4:30 PM

And they need to know this, why 1111111111111111111111

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Mary agdathome January 30 2014 at 5:04 PM

Why not?
Good to know history .

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kkoloff January 30 2014 at 4:06 PM

These guys ever here of shoring the hole?

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periguine January 30 2014 at 3:53 PM

that deep must be pre flood..

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