Michelangelo, who designed the complex of three palaces on the hill, also restored the tables of the fasti.
The Palazzo today is one of the Capitoline Museums, which serve a double duty as museums and city government buildings.
The yearly records of the fasti encouraged the writing of history in the form of chronological annales, "annals," which in turn influenced the development of Roman historiography.
Fasti is the plural of the Latin adjective fastus, most commonly used as a substantive.
In ancient Rome, the fasti (Latin plural) were chronological or calendar-based lists, or other diachronic records or plans of official and religiously sanctioned events.
After Rome's decline, the word fasti continued to be used for similar records in Christian Europe and later Western culture.
Collecting a team they moved swiftly to rescue what they could, sinking tunnels to the side to search for fragments.
Subsequently more fragments turned up embedded in buildings then in use, showing that the area had been less intensely mined previously, and casting doubt of the location of the original source of the fragments.
The word fasti itself came to denote lists organized by time.
All trace of structures in that part of the forum vanished between August 15 and September 14, 1546.
The stone was sold to cutters for reuse or to lime burners for the creation of cement.
Public business, including the official business of the Roman state, had to be transacted on dies fasti, "allowed days". In addition to the word's general sense, there were fasti that recorded specific kinds of events, such as the fasti triumphales, lists of triumphs celebrated by Roman generals.
The divisions of time used in the fasti were based on the Roman calendar.The temporal structure distinguished fasti from regesta, which were simple lists of property, or assets, such as land or documents, or transactions transferring property.