Tuesday, July 4, 2017


ROME subway construction workers have found the skeleton of a mother dog and her puppy which were trapped in a fire at a garrison guard house during the time of Antinous.

The discovery near Metro C belongs to Hadrian's days, though precise carbon dating has not yet been made. The image above shows a Roman statue of two dogs from about that same era.

The burnt-out house was discovered while working on the new subway line in Rome. 

The tabloid press already calls it "the Roman Pompeii" because some wooden furniture and a wooden mezzanine are still extant.

Nice black and white mosaics (see photo) were found.

But most touching of all … experts found the remains of a dog with her puppy, crushed by the wooden beams during the fire that apparently destroyed the building.

The building is believed to have belonged to the complex of army barracks and homes near Via Amba Aradam and the basilica of St John Lateran's.

Quite possibly, the canines were guard dogs at the garrison guard house.

The fire hardened the artifacts, leaving them exceptionally well-preserved. According to the Associated Press, the Italian Culture Ministry described the site as a "Pompeii-like scene" … referring to the ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

The thick blanket of volcanic ash that covered Pompeii preserved the city over the ages, allowing archaeologists to glean a wealth of information about daily life in the Roman Empire.

Incidentally, the contorted remains of a dog were found among the bodies buried by Vesuvius’s blast.

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