This is an archaeological treasure that has just been dug up. On social networks, the Italian municipality of Negrar di Valpolicella is very proud to share the photos of the discovery made by a team from the superintendency of Verona, region in which it is located. The foundations of a roman villa, as well as mosaics, in excellent condition, have been discovered... under the vines.
Their dating is still unclear. The roman city may be dated to the Third century, according to the Italian newspaper L'arena, while the mosaics could go back to the first century, according to the Corriere della sera. The place to perform this excavation, which started last October and stopped in February because of the outbreak of coronavirus, was not chosen at random. It is here that the first mosaics had already been dug up, at the end of the Nineteenth century. We can now admire these relics in the archaeological museum at the Teatro Romano in Verona. Of first remains of a roman villa have also been discovered as early as 1920, before this site is somewhat forgotten, tells The Arena.
A cultural heritage to highlight
The technicians, who have resumed their searches in the past week, will continue their research to "identify the extension and the localization exact of the old building," says the joint on the social networks. She hopes to eventually be able to agree with the owners of the homes in the area " to identify the most appropriate means to make this archaeological treasure still hidden beneath our feet, available and accessible ".
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"We believe that a cultural site of this value deserves our attention and should be improved," explains Roberto Grison, the mayor of Negrar di Valpolicella, in the columns of The Arena. "The result will not come anytime soon, and significant resources will be needed ", should be the commune, who would like to thank the technicians and the inhabitants to their " availability ".