Roman bridge discovered during road works in Rome

Aug 11, 2022 290

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a Roman bridge from the Imperial era during an excavation alongside the Via Tiburtina in north-east Rome. The discovery came to light during roadworks to enlarge the Via Tiburtina, at the 11th kilometre of the modern road and at the seventh mile of the ancient one, which dates to around 286 BC.

The bridge was connected to the ancient Via Tiburtina and used to cross over the Fosso di Pratolungo, a small tributary of the river Aniene, just before the waters converged. The excavations have uncovered the central portion of the round arch of the bridge made with massive blocks of travertine laid dry, interconnected by rectangular grooves and reinforced externally by a thick layer of cement.

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