Excavation of Rome home shows city bigger than thought

NTP: Excavation of Roman suburbia
See Gallery
Excavation of Rome home shows city bigger than thought

ROME (AP) — Archaeologists have discovered a 6th-century B.C. residence under a palazzo in central Rome, saying that it proves the ancient city was much bigger than previously thought.

Officials said Wednesday that the area on the Quirinale Hill had long been thought to have only been used as a necropolis, with ancient Rome's residential zone further south and centered around the Roman Forum.

But archaeologists excavating a palazzo on the hill said they discovered a well-preserved rectangular home, complete with wooden supports and a roof, proving that the area was also used for residential purposes.

The ANSA news agency quoted excavation chief Mirella Serlorenzi as saying the discovery "means that Rome at the start of the 6th century was much bigger than what we thought and wasn't just centered around the Forum."

RELATED: Archaeologists excavate 3,000 skeletons near London train station

Archaeologists Begin Excavating 3,000 Skeletons Near London Train Station
More from AOL.com:
Rwanda names 24 baby mountain gorillas in annual tradition
Ex-cop is face of Singapore opposition in general elections
Protesters back on Beirut streets as leaders debate crisis
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.