Rome and the rest of Italy is currently in the middle of a very messy divisive election. What should have been a simple construction job has now become an un-planned archaeological dig.
Apparently this sort of thing happens in Mexico City all the time, and it makes sense there are all sorts of ancient treasures buried underneath Rome. I'm glad they're halting construction to properly excavate these artifacts. I have no doubt the residents of the city may not share my feelings.
It's not every day you get access to an immaculately kept Roman house dating back at least 1800 years. Things in this house are so well preserved, a dog's remains have been found and are quite recognizable. This isn't the first time excavation for the metro has unearthed objects of interest. 2007 and 2009 had similar incidents.
I appreciate that in these troubled times we can step back and agree on important things like the value of artifacts from the past. I wonder if the findings will go on display.
I wonder if they have a full-time archaeologist on-site while they do construction work like this.
According to the UNESCO World Heritage site, "the city of Tiwanaku, capital of a powerful pre-Hispanic empire that dominated a large area of the southern Andes and beyond, reached its apogee between 500 and 900 AD."
While archaeological pillaging is quite common in some parts of the world, the receding waters around the state of CA caused by the draught has triggered new concerns by exposing vulnerable historical artifacts.