They Dug Rome

Nov 08, 2013 1073

by John Pollini

Some 20 centuries ago, an ancient Roman was entombed in a mausoleum along the road leading to the sea. A countryside burial wasn't unusual, since it was forbidden in Rome to bury bodies inside the city. What was odd is what happened there in the centuries that followed.

My USC Dornsife students got a taste of the Italian mystery this past summer.
Our archaeological excavation team went into the field at Ostia Antica, about 16 miles southwest of Rome. The seven undergraduate students joined an international group excavating two areas just outside the ancient town and port of Rome under the auspices of the American Institute for Roman Culture.

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