Have archaeologists found the burial site of the founder of Rome? Tomb found under the Forum of the city may be the final resting place of Romulus
- Tomb discovered under the Roman Forum could be the resting place of Romulus
- Archaeologists discovered an area dedicated to Romulus from the 6th century BC
- The underground temple is buried under the entrance staircase to the Curia
A tomb discovered under the Roman Forum could be the resting place of the legendary founder of the city, Romulus.
Archaeologists are believed to have discovered an area dedicated to the first king of Rome and a 4.5-meter rock sarcophagus that is said to date from the 6th century BC.
Director of the Colosseum Archaeological Park Alfonsina Russo told The times: “This is an extraordinary discovery. The forum never yields amazing new treasures. ”
Tomb discovered under the Roman Forum (photo) could be the resting place of the legendary founder of the city, Romulus
The underground temple is buried under the entrance stairs to the Curia and was the place where Roman senators voted with everyone who was supposed to be one.
What is the Roman Forum?
The Roman forum, called the Roman Forum in Latin, was the heartbeat of both ancient Rome and the continent that spans the continents.
Historians believe that people first met in the Forum in 500 BC when the Roman Republic was founded.
The area lies between the Palatine and the Capitoline.
The Temple of Julius Caesar is the most striking monument and was built a few years after the most famous leader of ancient Rome was murdered in 44BC.
According to Russo, scholars believed that the altar of the temple was placed where ancient Romans believed that Romulus was buried. Yet no bones were found in the coffin.
The discovery had taken place near Lapis Niger, an ancient black shrine in the Roman Forum, according to Andreas Steiner, editor of the magazine Archeo.
The shrine, discovered in 1899, has a Greek inscription that refers to how the holy ground should not be disturbed.
In Roman mythology, Romulus and his twin brother Remus were left in a basket on the Tiber River.
The pair survived and was discovered under a fig tree and a she-wolf suckled them.
Romulus later killed his brother Remus in a fight on what became Palatine Hill in 753BC.
The couple survived and were discovered under a fig tree and a she-wolf sucked them up. Pictured: the Capitoline Wolf statue in Rome