A domus connected to a dormitory and a barracks built at the time of Emperor Trajan and then modified by Hadrian has been uncovered during the ongoing Metro works in Rome.

The house which has recently been discovered is connected to barracks and dormitory which were discovered 2 years ago. The commander’s house features rich mosaics and wall decorations, as well as 14 rooms, including a bathhouse with underfloor heating.

The find is particularly significant as Rome’s archaeological superintendent, Rossella Rea said “it is an exceptional discovery because a barracks has never been identified before in Rome, nor a domus connected to the barracks.”

The house will be dismantled, level by level, and temporarily moved to another site to protect it from ongoing works before being placed back at its original site and opened to the public.