An ancient Roman temple dating to the first or second century AD has been unearthed by archaeologists in the southern island of Pantelleria .
They have already dug up a three-metre portion of one of the walls of the temple, situated on a hill known as Cossyria .
In ancient times Pantelleria was a major trading and cultural crossroads between Italy, Africa, Greece and Asia Minor .
It had a flourishing Roman colony whose wealth and sophistication have produced rich pickings for archaeologists .
The archaeologists hit gold in the same area two years when they brought to light the marble busts of Caesar, the emperor Titus and a high-born court lady .
The busts were in an extraordinary state of preservation, allowing them to be immediately identified .
However, there are still some lingering doubts about whether the woman's head is that of Antonia Minor or her daughter-in-law Agrippina Major, since female sculpture in the early imperial age differed from the lifelike images produced for men .
Instead, models of ideal beauty were preferred, topped with the elaborate and trendy hairstyles that were in vogue among the aristocratic women of the time .
The woman's head is therefore without doubt that of an important member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty (14-68 AD), but there is still a slight question mark as to whether it is Agrippina, daughter of the Emperor Claudius .