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Ancient Rome treasures discovered during subway dig on show

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/8/2017
Ancient Roman pottery is on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) © The Associated Press Ancient Roman pottery is on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

ROME (AP) — The long-delayed project to extend Rome's subway system has brought treasures of the past to the surface and allowed them to be showcased at one of the city's new subway stations.

Ancient Roman artifacts are on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) © The Associated Press Ancient Roman artifacts are on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Rome city officials this week unveiled the Metro C archaeological exhibit, which features amphora, marble panels, coins and even peach pits dating back to the Roman era.

An ancient Roman low relief with figures of Maenads dated between the first century B.C. and the first century A.D. are on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) © The Associated Press An ancient Roman low relief with figures of Maenads dated between the first century B.C. and the first century A.D. are on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The permanent exhibit will be on view as passengers descend into the three-story San Giovanni subway station, which is expected to open in 2018.

Ancient Roman artifacts are on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) © The Associated Press Ancient Roman artifacts are on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

"For those who will use this metro — this station in particular — it's a full immersion into the history of Rome and of this site," said archaeologist Rossella Rea, who is in charge of the dig for the Italian government.

Ancient Roman artifacts are on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) © The Associated Press Ancient Roman artifacts are on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Archaeologists said their surveys, which reached an unusually deep 20 meters (yards), indicated the site was once a huge farm. Peach pits, seashells and other organic remains have been found intact and are featured in the exhibit.

Ancient Roman artifacts is on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) © The Associated Press Ancient Roman artifacts is on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Lines on the southeastern section of Metro C have been operational since 2015, while northern lines near the city center are still under construction. The project has been delayed for years by the repeated discovery of ancient underground treasures.

Ancient Roman copper, bronze and silver coins dated from the third century D.C. are on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Ancient Roman copper, bronze and silver coins dated from the third century D.C. are on display in the San Giovanni underground station of Rome's brand new third metro line, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The metro station, set to open early next year, will double up as museum, boasting a display of archaeological remains brought to the surface during the new line's excavation, that passengers will admire as they head to their trains. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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