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In an interesting turn of events that are not about the Coronavirus, a sinkhole that recently opened up in front of the Pantheon in Rome has exposed ancient Roman pavements. Here is what we know. By Amitha Ameen
A sinkhole accidentally opened up right in front of the Pantheon in Rome last month, exposing ancient Roman pavements. According to reports by Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA), investigations revealed seven travertine blocks that were a part of the original pavement when the Pantheon was built in 25 and 27 BC.
“This is further evidence of Rome’s inestimable archaeological riches,” said Rome special superintendent Daniela Porro on ANSA’s website. This was not the first time that this particular area was studied. Earlier in the 1900s various projects and studies were undertaken as part of plans to reconstruct the current square in the area.
The recently discovered sinkhole measures 10 sq ft and goes down more than eight ft and thankfully the area was clear during the incident, thanks to the lockdown and social distancing guidelines for COVID-19 that the locals were following.
Sinkholes have been a cause for concern in Rome for a while now, and experts believe that it could be because of underground cavities and the relatively loose and soft soil that the city stands on.
Capital of Italy, Rome is one of the oldest cities in the world and has been home to human settlements for over 28 centuries, with the dates going as far back as 753 BC.