Archaeologists in Italy unearthed the ruins of an ancient 70-year-old temple. Now they found his doppelganger.
The archaeological park of Vulci was one of the most important urban centers in Italy before the Roman Empire, according to the press release of the University of Freiburg dated November 10. Excavations in the area in the 1950s revealed the Tempio Grande, a sacred temple built by the ancient Etruscans.
A group of archaeologists discovered the ruins of a similar building nearby, the photos show.
The “monumental temple” was built about 2,500 years ago, sometime between the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 5th centuries BC, according to the archaeologists’ release. The building is about 115 feet long and 147 feet wide.
The new temple is “similar” in size, shape and age to the nearby Tempio Grande, archaeologist Dr. Mariachiaro Franceschini of the University of Freiburg, one of the project’s leaders, said in a release.
The video footage shows the ruins of both temples. The ruins of the Tempio Grande stand on the right. The new temple is on the left, its excavations are smaller and under development.
“This duplication of monumental buildings in an Etruscan city is rare and represents an exceptional find,” said archaeologist Paul Pasieka of the University of Mainz, the second leader of the project.
Archaeologists plan to study different phases of the new temple’s history to understand more about ancient Etruscan religion, social structure and daily life, the release said. Researchers have already made progress toward this goal.
“Our knowledge of the appearance and organization of Etruscan cities has so far been limited,” Franceschini said. The newly discovered temple “offers us to understand more than a millennium of development of one of the most important Etruscan cities.”
The Vulci Archaeological Park is located in the central Italian region of Lazio, sometimes called Lazio, about 75 miles northeast of Rome.