Archaeologists working for the city of Rome, together with colleagues from the University of Michigan and the University of Calabria, have unearthed the remains of an archaic temple dating back to the 6th century B.C.
Discovered on Via Petroselli in between the River Tiber and Circus Maximus, the temple is believed to date back to the reign of Servius Tullius – a legendary king of Rome who ruled from 578-535 B.C. This makes this temple the oldest stone temple discovered in Rome and is extremely exciting to historians.
The temple is characterized by its Etruscan-Italian style tufa block work and the numerous fragments of Greek pottery found at the site testify to its importance as a gathering place for merchants and travelers passing through Rome at the time.
The discovery was made at the end of July 2013.