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Sinkhole near the Pantheon, opened, revealing 2,000-year-old Roman paving stones

A sinkhole unexpectedly opened up in front of the Pantheon in Rome last month, revealing imperial paving stones that were laid over a millennia ago, news sources report. 

The sinkhole, located in the Piazza Della Rotonda, is almost 10 square feet (1 square meter) wide and just over 8 feet (2.5 m) deep. Inside the hole, archaeologists found seven ancient slabs made of travertine, a type of sedimentary rock. 

Luckily, no one was hurt when the sinkhole collapsed on the afternoon of April 27, because the normally crowded piazza was empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sinkholes like this one, however, are becoming an increasingly common problem in Rome.

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  1. the aquifer under Rome is declining, making the city very vulnerable to sinkholes (like Jakarta in Indonesia!)

    now finding Roman buildings under the streets of Rome, not shocking. Rome was built on top of Rome many times.

    finding a fiddle though, that would be impressive!

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