Rome: A Whole New Beginning

Rome has been built, pillaged, burned and buried so many times that archaeological treasures are commonplace. However, last month new finds impressed even jaded Romans. Archaeologists uncovered the first treasures ever from the period prior to Rome's mythical founding in 753 B.C.E. by Romulus and Remus. In the necropolis, archaeologists found a funeral urn and seven terra-cotta vases filled with bronze miniatures of weapons of the era. And in Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, just outside the city, workers unearthed a monumental staircase with 15 steps and a headless sphinx. Archaeologists will now have to rethink Rome's beginnings, which are much older than historians have been teaching us, and put some flesh on these old bones.