This volume gives account of an important exhibition that displays a considerable quantity of treasures that have been recovered during the last 25 years in the subsoil of the capital.
This volume gives account of an important exhibition, organized by the Soprintendenza Archeologica of Rome, in the suggestive underground location of the Olearie Papali. The exhibition displays a considerable quantity of treasures that have been recovered during the last 25 years – both programmatically and fortuitously – in the subsoil of the capital and its surroundings. This richly illustrated catalogue is the first scientific publication presenting more than one thousand ancient objects that have just come out from restoration laboratories and have still to be dated and interpreted. These finds allow the reconstruction of thousands years of history and civilization, from the Eneolithic to the Roman Age, as well as the Medieval and Modern Era, thanks to a stratification that has no precedent. Next to traditional finds, suggestive reconstructions of archaeological sites and exceptional works of art never seen before, a curious reader will also find many surprises: pins for apotropaic rites, gorgeous jewels, a jester’s dress and even letters of an unfortunate lover.