Ancient Roman Mosaic Floor Unearthed Beneath Italian Vineyard

Archaeologists excavate a preserved mosaic floor at a vineyard in Northern Italy which is believed to be part of the floor and foundations of a Roman villa.

Smithsonian shares:

The team discovered the tiles, as well as portions of the villa’s foundation, “a few meters” below the vineyard’s surface, according to the statement. To make the “archaeological treasure … hidden under our feet available and accessible,” the researchers will collaborate with authorities and the vineyard’s owners. The process will likely require both significant time and resources.

“We believe a cultural site of this value deserves attention and should be enhanced,” Negrar di Valpolicella Mayor Roberto Grison tells L’Arena, as translated by the Guardian. “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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