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19 August 2022, 02:33

Archaeologists have found the ruins of an ancient Roman bridge

Archaeologists have found the ruins of an ancient Roman bridge
Six months ago, an ancient Roman bridge was discovered in Italy, which was located on one of the sections of the Tiburtine road (Via Tiburtina), which connected Rome with the city of Tiburi (or Tivoli) in Lazio. The building is dated to the 2nd century. BC e. and belongs to the period of the Roman Republic. Several months passed, and archaeologists stumbled upon the ruins of another bridge. It was built much later, already during the time of the empire, the exact date has not yet been established.
The recent find is located 30 meters from the first bridge and crosses the Fosso di Pratolungo canal near the point where it flows into the Aniene River. What remained of the structure was the central span of the bridge in the form of a rounded arch, erected from blocks of travertine, a rock formed by calcium carbonate minerals. The bridge builders laid the materials dry without using mortar. For stability, rectangular protrusions are inserted into the grooves of adjacent blocks. In the Middle Ages, the bridge was dismantled and built up with two three-meter-high walls. One of the key elements, the capstone, is missing.
The construction of a newer bridge may have been due to a change in the course of the Fosso di Pratolungo. It is known that this area often went under water due to floods. The remains of the bridge, which are underground, will not be moved in the near future due to an inconvenient location, the archaeological site will be studied and conserved.

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