Archaeologists discover barracks that may have been used by ancient Rome’s secret service


Italian archaeologists have found the remains of a barracks that they believe may have been used by ancient Rome’s equivalent of the secret service.

The discovery was made during deep excavations for a new metro station in Rome, named Amba Aradam  after a mountain plain in Ethiopia where Italian forces fought a pitched battle in 1936 during the Abyssinian War.

The main part of the 2nd century barracks was discovered in 2016, but new areas have now been uncovered, including the home and office of a centurion who would have commanded a militia.

“The building could have been one of those that accommodated special militias, who were the secret service of the emperor,” senior archaeologist Rossella Rea told La Repubblica newspaper. Read more.