Jun 10, 2020

Stunning 3rd Century Roman Mosaic Discovered Under Vineyard in Italy

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Archaeologists have discovered a beautifully preserved Roman mosaic floor dating back to the 3rd Century under a vineyard near Verona, Italy.

Trenches dug in the town of Negrar di Valpolicella have revealed long uninterrupted stretches of mosaic pavements with polychrome patterns of geometric shapes, guilloche, wave bands, floral vaults and the semi-circular pelta. [source]

According to The History Blog, the presence of a Roman villa at the Benedetti La Villa winery, still in operation today, has been known since the 19th century. Multiple attempts to unearth the remains have been made over the years but it was only this most recent dig that revealed the most treasures yet, and almost entirely intact!

Photographs via Myko Clelland on Twitter, Comune di Negrar di Valpolicella, Soprintendenza Verona on Twitter
 
[via Colossal]

 

 

 

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