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Lapis Niger, Rome

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The Lapis Niger is an ancient shrine in the Roman Forum. Together with the associated Vulcanal it constitutes the only surviving remnants of the old Comitium, an early assembly area that preceded the Forum and is thought to derive from an archaic cult site of the 7th or 8th century BC.
The black marble paving and modern concrete enclosure of the Lapis Niger overlie an ancient tomb or altar and a stone block with one of the earliest known Latin inscriptions . The superstructure monument and shrine may have been built by Julius Caesar during his reorganization of the Forum and Comitium space. Alternatively, this may have been done a generation earlier by Sulla during one of his construction projects around the Curia Hostilia. The site was rediscovered and excavated from 1899 to 1905 by Italian archaeologist Giacomo Boni.
Mentioned in many ancient descriptions of the Forum dating back to the Roman Republic and the early days of the Roman Empire, the significance of the Lapis Niger shrine was obscure and mysterious even to later Romans, but it was always discussed as a place of great sacredness and significance. It is constructed on top of a sacred spot consisting of much older artifacts found about 5ft below the present ground level. The name "black stone" may have originally referred to the black stone block or it may refer to the later black marble paving at the surface. Located in the Comitium in front of the Curia Julia, this structure survived for centuries due to a combination of reverential treatment and overbuilding during the era of the early Roman Empire.
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  • Inside the holes, one of the areas of Rome with the most finds is this "Lapis Niger" discovered in the late 1800s. interesting.
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  • Black stones are located in the Foro Roma, a person is not even slow to notice, it is enchanted by the beauty of the surrounding.
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  • The excavation below the black marble floor port to the discovery of an archaic monumental complex, the oldest Latin monumental inscription before the beginning of the Republic.
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  • Site last King was killed? Or an early Rostrum? Or maybe alter for major ceremonies. No one know WHAT it is, just that the Romans revered it
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  • The meaning of the Latin "Lapis Niger" is black stone. The monument that was dedicated to a King. Its date is approximately the fourth century. BC Is paved with black marble, and bordered with white marble slabs. The legend indicated that there were buried Romulus, but now it tends to exclude it.
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  • Was not in sight. Are doing archaeological work
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