Monday, August 08, 2011

Archaeologists find Apollo mosaic in Rome

Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,000-year-old mosaic in Rome depicting the Greek god Apollo, naked except for a colorful mantle over a shoulder, surrounded by his muses in a cellar once used as a park tool shed near the Colosseum, officials said Friday.

“This is a very important discovery. The mosaic is in perfect condition and it can be dated exactly to between 64 and 109 A.D.,” Umberto Broccoli, head of the culture department of the Rome city council, told reporters on a visit.

Excavations are being done in an underground gallery of the ancient Trajan Baths, a vast structure near the ruins of Nero’s palace, the Domus Aurea.

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