An Early Christian basilica in Turin (Torino)

La Repubblica.it reports that recent excavations in Turin (Torino) have brought to light an Early Christian basilica. That is the third Early Christian complex found in late Roman Augusta Taurinorum. Most interestingly, it is much further away from the city walls (in the upper part of the map shown here), as Egle Micheletto points out in the interview. While the size of the Early Christian city is not comparable to e.g. Mediolanum, it is still impressive!

Map of Turin showing the 3 known Early Christian basilicas (landmarks) and the walled Roman city (blue polygon). The new basilica is in the upper right.

The archaeological remains will be visible to the public only when the construction project is finished in 2016, according to the article.

Is this a satisfactory account of archaeology in the public interest?

Di Stefano Costa

Archaeologist, I work in Liguria where I live with my family. In my studies, I spent most of my energies with the Late Antique and Early Medieval/Byzantine period on the northern side of the Mediterranean, focusing on pottery usage patterns. I'm also involved in open source and open knowledge initiatives.

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