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September 10 2012

Lost Roman Town of Interamna Lirenas Comes to Light

European archaeologists using geophysical methods have mapped an ancient Roman town, which disappeared after its abandonment 1,500 years ago and now lies buried underground, revealing the location of its theater, marketplace and other buildings.

Interamna Lirenas was founded as a Roman colony in the 4th century BCE in the Liri Valley in Southern Lazio, about 50 miles south of Rome. After it was abandoned around the year 500 CE, it was scavenged for building materials and, over time, its remains were completely lost from view. Today, the site is an uninterrupted stretch of farmland, with no recognizable archaeological features.

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