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Emperor's birthplace uncovered

2009-08-07 22:27

Rome - Archaeologists say they have unearthed a country villa believed to be the birthplace of Vespasian, the emperor who built the Colosseum.

Lead archaeologist Filippo Coarelli said on Friday the 2 000-year-old ruins of the luxurious residence were found about 130km northeast of Rome.

There are no clear inscriptions on the 14-square-kilometer complex, but its location and decorations suggest it is from the right period and the emperor was born in the area.

The excavation was carried out by a group of Italian and British archaeologists.

Born in AD 9, Vespasian is known for launching a major public works program in Rome.

The Colosseum is the most ambitious and best-preserved of his building projects.