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There is archaeological evidence of human occupation of the Rome area since approximately 14,000 years ago, but the dense layer of much younger debris obscures Palaeolithic and Neolithic sites. Evidence of stone tools, pottery and stone weapons attest to about 10,000 years of human presence. Several excavations support the view that Rome grew from pastoral settlements on the Palatine Hill,  built above the area of the future Roman Forum. While some archaeologists argue that Rome was indeed founded in the middle of the 8th century BC (the date chosen by tradition), the date is subject to controversy. However, the power of the well-known tale of Rome's legendary foundation tends to deflect attention from its actual, and much more ancient, origins.

Mt. Etna - Sicily's Mountain of Fire
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  Mt. Etna Crater and the town of Catania in the background Ph. depositphotos/martinm303   The eastern coast of Sicily has historically been one of the most geologically active in all of Europe, dominated by the hulking mass of Mount Etna, Italy's largest active volcano. Etna's...

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There is archaeological evidence of human occupation of the Rome area since approximately 14,000 years ago, but the dense layer of much younger debris obscures Palaeolithic and Neolithic sites. Evidence of stone tools, pottery and stone weapons attest to about 10,000 years of human presence. Several excavations support the view that Rome grew from pastoral settlements on the Palatine Hill,  built above the area of the future Roman Forum. While some archaeologists argue that Rome was indeed founded in the middle of the 8th century BC (the date chosen by tradition), the date is subject to controversy. However, the power of the well-known tale of Rome's legendary foundation tends to deflect attention from its actual, and much more ancient, origins.