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Rare Roman artefacts have been discovered inside a well in Ostia, Italy, near the Temple of Hercules. This temple, built in 100 BC, was used for religious and social gatherings. The artefacts found in the well could help us learn more about Roman religious rituals and buildings.

The well, about 10 feet deep, was difficult to excavate. However, once the water was cleared, archaeologists found many important items at the bottom. They discovered bones, which are believed to have been used in religious ceremonies. This conclusion is based on similar artefacts found in the past and our knowledge of Roman religions.

In addition to bones, various ceramic pots were found. These pots could have had multiple uses, but because the well is so close to the Temple of Hercules, it’s likely they also had a religious purpose.

Archaeology involves more than just digging up artefacts and sending them to museums. Even small objects can provide valuable information. For instance, if objects look similar to those found at other sites, archaeologists can guess they served similar purposes.

Objects can also indicate the wealth of an area. For example, finding lots of jewellery or wine pots might mean that people in that place had extra money to spend on luxury items. Archaeologists also study the soil to understand where in history certain objects belong.

This discovery near Rome helps us piece together more about ancient Roman life and their religious practices.

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