Culture – Researchers from the universities of Cambridge and Ghent used a soil penetration radar that “unearthed” a thermal complex, a market, a monument, a swimming pool, a portico and a temple in the Falerii novi area
by Samuele Sansonetti
Civita Castellana – Sensational discovery close to the Falerii novi site.
A group of archaeologists from the universities of Cambridge and Ghent drew the map of an ancient Roman city buried between Civita Castellana and Fabrica di Roma. All without having to carry out an excavation but relying exclusively on the technology of a ground penetration radar.
The research was published in the “Antiquity” magazine of the University of Cambridge and talks about the analysis of an area of 30 hectares in which radar waves were sent every 12 centimeters. The resolution of the images obtained is therefore very high.
Scholars have “unearthed” an entire city in which many buildings and constructions stand out: a thermal complex, a market, a monument, a swimming pool, a portico and a temple. There is also a network of water pipes connecting the settlement which nowadays is located on the border between Tuscia and the province of Rome.
The area of Falerii novi, an ancient city of southern Etruria founded in 241 BC, is in fact located in the province of Viterbo. Precisely seven kilometers from Civita Castellana and eight from Fabrica di Roma. Initially known as Falerii, it changed its name after the reconstruction occurred on an adjacent site.
The construction of the city, which has an unusual disposition compared to many other already known complexes such as that of Pompeii, should go back a couple of centuries before Christ. At the end of the report, the group of researchers thanked the Superintendency of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the metropolitan area of Rome, the province of Viterbo and southern Etruria for their support, which in these days announced another important discovery. on the Viterbo area. It is an Etruscan tomb unearthed in the Poggio Mengarelli necropolis in Vulci, probably belonging to a child and dating back to the end of the 8th century BC.
Multimedia: Photogallery: The ancient Roman city
June 10, 2020