The Guardian reports a fantastic archaeological find in downtown Cologne, Germany

The walls were initially exposed “in 2017 during an excavation on the grounds of a Protestant church in the centre of the city.”  At first, archaeologists were puzzled by the discovery of uniform niches in the walls, but eventually, they realized that what they were looking at were “the remains of the oldest public library in Germany, a building erected almost two millennia ago that may have housed up to 20,000 scrolls.”

(Above photograph: Hi-flyFoto/Roman-Germanic Museum of Cologne)

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)