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A third-century Roman mosaic was found under a vineyard in Italy

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An almost intact Roman mosaic was discovered under a vineyard in Northern Italy near the city of Verona.


Previously, the mosaic dates back to the third century ad and is believed to have been part of a complex of villas previously found in 1922. This site remained abandoned until the archeologists of Verona resumed their excavations almost a century later.

Mosaics were used as decoration for floors and walls and were very popular throughout the ancient Roman world. Traditionally, they were made from cut small cubes of stone or glass enamel of different colors, known as tesserae.

Archaeologists made the discovery a few meters under a vineyard while excavating trenches to search for a Roman Villa. Now scientists hope that the entire mosaic floor is still intact.

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