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May 30, 2020

Pristine 3rd century Roman mosaic floor unearthed

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From the Guardian:

Pristine archaeological treasure near Verona may date to 3rd century AD, say experts

A perfectly preserved ancient Roman mosaic floor has been discovered near the northern Italian city of Verona.

Archaeologists were astonished by the find as it came almost a century after the remains of a villa, believed to date to the 3rd century AD, were unearthed in a hilly area above the town of Negrar di Valpolicella.

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After the discovery in 1922, the site was mostly left abandoned until a team from the Superintendent of Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Landscape of Verona resumed digging last summer.

The team returned to the site in October and again in February before the excavation was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The mosaic was found a few meters beneath a row of vines a week after work got going again.

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"After countless decades of failed attempts, part of the floor and foundations of the Roman villa located north of Verona, discovered by scholars a century ago, has finally been brought to light," authorities from Negrar di Valpolicella wrote on the town's Facebook page.

"The superintendent will now liaise with the owners of the area and municipality to identify the most appropriate ways of making this archaeological treasure, which has always been hidden beneath our feet, available and accessible."

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Roberto Grison, the mayor of Negrar di Valpolicella, told the local newspaper L’Arena: "We believe a cultural site of this value deserves attention and should be enhanced. For this reason, together with the superintendent and those in charge of agricultural funds, we will find a way to make this treasure enjoyable."

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