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Last Port of Rome Has Been Found

Posted: Dec. 10th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

The final lost port of Rome has been found. The port was mostly used to receive grain which was a major import from Egypt and important resource in a growing empire, especially one the size that Rome had grown to be.

French and Italian archaeologists have found the remains of a grain port that played a critical role in the rise of ancient Rome, France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) said on Thursday.

Cores drilled at a location at the mouth of the River Tiber have revealed the site of a port whose existence has been sought for centuries, it said in a press release.

The port lies northwest of Ostia, which was established by Rome as a fortress gateway to enable trade to pass upriver towards the city and prevent pirates and marauders.

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