Lead: Breaking through the confusion of the myth-makers and the lack of written evidence is difficult, but beginning scant decades ago archeology began to supply a picture of the Founding of Rome.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Complicating the work of archeologists is the fact that the area that became the City of Rome has enjoyed almost continuous habitation. This requires that scholars interpret the evidence they discover. It is generally understood that the City of Rome emerged from the coalition of several villages in and around the hills that eventually constituted Rome. The heart of the City was probably a shepherd’s village which in time became linked with other villages on other hills and from that point the Forum, which up to that time had been used as a burial ground, became the open public space of Republican and Imperial times.

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