Excavations at Commodus' Villa Reveal New Building Techniques
Archaeologists working at a villa once confiscated and renovated by the brutal emperor Commodus have made a remarkable discovery regarding ancient Roman building techniques.
The crew discovered a large deposit of slake lime, an expensive and rare building material, once occupied an entire room at the Villa dei Quintili in Rome and was preserved for more than 20 centuries by the collapse of a floor. Until now, slake lime has been known to have been used from small quantities found at Pompeii and Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli.
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