ROME DISPLAYS LATEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS
The city of Rome has presented to the general public archaeological discoveries from ancient times that were found during excavations in the Italian capital, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
Rome is an ongoing excavation and a precious treasure chest that never ceases to amaze, Mayor Virginia Raggi said.
The archaeologists dug on the street formerly known as the Via Alessandrina, not far from the Roman Forum, at the center of the Eternal City. At the end of the work, they had made more than 60 finds, including many decorations from buildings.
The most eye-catching items are a bust of the god Dionysus, the god of wine, which was found in March of last year. The image of the god is of extraordinary interest, said the director of the archaeological and art history museums, Claudio Parisi Presicce.
A stone head was also found, which presumably depicts the Roman emperor Augustus at a young age. Augustus ruled the empire about 2,000 years ago. Rome officials said the excavations at the approximately 60-meter-long site lasted from March 2018 to November this year. The excavation was also financially supported by the republic of Azerbaijan with around 1 million euros ($1.21 million).