An honestly wonderful archaeological discovery – Lupercale: the cave location of Rome’s birth myth, where the twins were suckled by the she-wolf. From Reuters:
Italian archaeologists believe they have found the cave where, according to legend, a she-wolf nursed Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of Rome.
An underground cavity decorated with seashells, colored marble mosaics and pumice stones was discovered near the ruins of the palace of Emperor Augustus on the Palatine hill.
Experts say they are “reasonably certain” it is the long-lost place of worship sacred to ancient Romans and known as Lupercale, from the Latin word for wolf.
“This could reasonably be the place bearing witness to the myth of Rome, one of the most well-known in the world, the legendary cave where the she-wolf suckled Romulus and Remus,” Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli told a news conference on Tuesday.