Experts are still studying how decline of the Roman Empirea historical passage that continues to raise important questions as unexpected discoveries are made.
Today, a group of archaeologists from the University of Cambridge published a study after 13 years of investigation into the ruins of Interamna Lirenas and they conclude that The decline of this city, now in ruins, occurred 300 years later than expected.
You can find the study in the edited volume under the name ‘Roman town planning in Italy‘, but in summary, we can say that This ancient city in southern Lazio continued to prosper until the 3rd century AD.. The city’s decline began 300 years later than expected, as revealed by analysis of the condition of ceramics found in the ruins.
He Dr Alessandro Launaroauthor of the study and head of the Interamna Lirenas project at the University of Cambridge, explained in a statement that “we started with a site so unpromising that no one had tried to excavate it; this is very rare in Italy”.
Without finding any visible evidence on the surface, what they ended up discovering was “a thriving city that has adapted to every challenge presented to it for 900 years (…). “We believe that other similar Roman cities were just as resilient in this country, but archaeologists have started to apply correct techniques and approaches to prove it.”.