After more than six years of excavation and restoration, scientists have given tourists to admire another attraction – Circus Maximus.
Until now, the site of chariot racing was merely a muddy field between the Palatine and the Aventine Hill. However, from November 17, tourists can see the sidewalk where senators and plebeians used to walk. Researchers also unearthed latrines and excavated the remains of the emperor’s triumphal arch Titus. Moreover, visitors to the Great Circus will be able to learn more about the winning racehorse – Numitor – whose image has survived to our times.
During the excavations, scientists found many artefacts, including over a thousand bronze coins dating back to the 3rd century CE, gold bracelets and necklaces, and the bottom of a glass goblet with the image of the horse Numitor, who bears palm branches in his mouth – a symbol of victory.