Rome's Speleologists

Marco Placidi is one of a growing number of 'Speleologists' in Rome -- where some of the world's most important history lies undiscovered beneath the modern city, in sewers, long-lost passages, and murky ponds.

"Every year, the city authorizes 13,000 requests for building permits, each of which requires archaeological evaluation. Construction of roads and sewers in Rome's ever expanding suburbs is years behind because the overwhelming number of finds stops work and throws budgets into disarray."

[National Geographic Magazine includes a 500-word excerpt from the article on their website.]

Thanks to Mindy Oliver

Full Story: In Rome's Basement

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