Palatine Hill excavation in Rome yields artifacts from deposed Emperor

The Emperor Maxentius was defeated by Constantine I in a battle in the year 321 C.E., but his followers apparently concealed his scepter, ceremonial weapons, and other regalia from Constantine's forces by burying the items. Archaeologists excavating Palatine Hill in Rome have located the cache, which is notable for the condition of the objects.

Researchers say the items found are ornate enough that they are clearly insignia of the Emperor, and that others would not have been allowed to possess such objects during that time period.

The Palatine Hill excavation site is also where researchers in recent years have uncovered such treasures as a house belonging to Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome.