They say ‘All Roads Lead to Rome’

The phrase “All roads lead to Rome” seems to channel a deeper meaning if we further analyze it. Imagine some of the common items or environmental structures that are found in many societies today. Roadways? Concrete? Sewer Systems? Today’s Date? The Romans set the foundation for all of these structures, ideas, and much more.

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With all roads leading somewhere, the Romans expanded their empire and connected these paths throughout different parts of Britain, Europe, Africa, etc. This is why many Roman structures are scattered among various regions around Italy.

It seems as if each day holds a new intriguing find that can be traced back to Ancient Rome and yet, there is much more to discover about the Romans. For 2016, let’s look at some of the discoveries made in connection to the Romans!

January of Justine

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In the beginning of January, some aerial flood maps of the UK revealed additional Roman roads and highways, which can help archaeologists locate possible dig sites for the future.
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Upon unearthing the North Gate of Agathopolis in Bulgaria, archaeologists found a gold coin of Emperor Justine I that was never commonly used.
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Very small marble structures featuring Artemis and her brother, Apollo, were discovered in Crete, Greece on the archaeological site of Aptera.
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Mark Copsey was working at Yeovil Recreation Ground in the UK when he stumbled upon something green. It was a pot filled with 3, 339 Roman coins. He is entitled to a share of them due to the Treasure Act.
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The find of 45 decapitated men (possible gladiators) found next to a roadway in York provides evidence that Rome’s genetic influence may not have been as strong in Britain (Anglo-Saxons had a stronger influence).

 

Fresco Finds of February

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At 21 Lime Street in London, archaeologists found a Roman fresco that had been hidden for about 2,000 years.
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In France, a possible Roman tavern was found. Evidence of heating structures is featured above, along with bones of various animals and benches that suggested this was a “sit-down” establishment. This 2,100 years-old tavern is possibly the oldest evidence of public dining in the Mediterranean. 

Melting Pots of March

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“Cumanae patellae” (cookware from city of Cumae) was first mentioned in De Re Coquinaria (Roman cookbook from 1st century), but has not been identified until now. An archaeology dig found 50, 000 pots and pans at a site that has given evidence of non-stick cookware.

Archaeological Advancements of April

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History says that Hannibal surprised the Romans by crossing the Alps with 30, 000 men, 37 elephants, 15,000 horses and mules. Scientists believe they have found the route through the finding of a massive “dung trail”.
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The University of Sheffield has discovered possible proof of mass wine production in Italy at the Imperial Estate of Vagnari, connected to ancient Rome. 
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In southern Turkey (Hatay), a mosaic has been found that reads: “Be Cheerful, Live Your Life”. Deemed as one of the first “memes”, this mosaic was once featured in a house dining room in 3rd century B.C. in Antiocheia.
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This mosaic was unearthed in Wiltshire when a homeowner wanted to lay electric cables in his garden. Upon further excavation, an entire wealthy villa has been found.
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The same homeowner (mentioned above) from Wiltshire had been unaware that he was using an ancient coffin for a child as a stone planter for his garden.
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Three men (one is John Broughton, featured above) were digging in a garden to be landscaped and found various items. After washing off what they thought was chalk, a small statue of Venus was found.
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Most recently, in Spain, a group of construction workers found 600 kg (1,322.77 lbs) of bronze Roman coins stored in 19 various jars. The coins were probably never in circulation since they have very little wear and tear on them.

Everything featured in this post was found within the previous 4 months and do not reflect the entirety of what was found! There are more wonders waiting to be unearthed to give us clues and confirmations about this time period and culture (in addition to many others). If you plan on starting a garden or digging in the near future, keep your eyes peeled!

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