Port: You can't dig a hole without finding something!
Last year it was the Vatican parking lot and this year it's the Trastevere
bus station. In short, an attempt to carry out needed expansion of the
present station has been stymied by discovery of ancient port facilities
on the western side of the Tiber River. Everybody knew where the Trastevere
Port was, but the surprise was the wonderful state of preservation: it's
just too good to destroy. Now the city government and the Archeologists
are ecstatic -- a new archeological park on that side of the river could
attract more money for the archeological community and more gentrification
of southern Trastevere. Meanwhile, the local transit authority is having
conniptions over the probable loss of the site. Read about it at http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/2000/02/21/timfgneur01004.html?999
or at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000405944438668&rtmo=r3Q2F9hX&atmo=HHHHHH8L&pg=/et/00/2/21/wrom21.html.
For information on recent discoveries
at the much bigger port facilities at Portus, near Ostia at the mouth of
the Tiber, go to http://www.telegraph.co.uk:80/et?ac=000405944438668&rtmo=quKXpuJ9&atmo=hhhhhhhe&pg=/et/99/11/30/wport30.html.