Construction uncovers 2nd-century military home

ROME — Archaeologists said work to expand Rome’s subway has unearthed a sprawling 2nd-century domus, or residence, of a military commander, complete with well-preserved geometric design mosaic, marble floors and frescoed walls.

Top Rome archaeology official Francesco Prosperetti said Friday that the domus is adjacent to a previously excavated ancient Roman military barracks.

He said the subway work has turned into an “astounding archaeological construction site.” The domus, found 40 feet below the surface, includes at least 14 rooms and a fountain in a central courtyard. The ruins will be moved elsewhere so tunneling can continue.

Work to build new stops on Rome’s Metro C line is running years behind schedule. Interruptions to excavate ancient ruins explain some of the setbacks. Bureaucracy and construction scandals have also caused long delays.


Two held over stolen computers in Iceland

REYKJAVIK — Some 600 computers used to “mine” bitcoin and other virtual currencies were stolen from data centers in Iceland in what police said is the biggest series of thefts ever in the North Atlantic nation.

Eleven people were arrested, including a security guard, as part of what Icelandic media have dubbed the “Big Bitcoin Heist.” A judge at the Reykjanes District Court on Friday ordered two people to remain in custody.

The powerful computers are worth almost $2 million.

But if the stolen equipment is used for its original purpose — to create new bitcoins — the thieves could turn a massive profit in an untraceable currency without ever selling the items.

Bitcoin is a kind of digital money that isn’t tied to a bank or a government.