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Archaeologists discover 'little Pompeii'

By T.K. Randall
August 3, 2017 · Comment icon 3 comments

The discovery is being hailed as highly significant. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 HeritageDaily
An exceptionally well-preserved Roman neighborhood has been unearthed in south-eastern France.
Described by team leader Benjamin Clement as "undoubtedly the most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years", the settlement in Vienne, which was abandoned 2,000 years ago following a series of fires, has been unofficially referred to as 'little Pompeii'.

The site, which was discovered during preliminary work for new housing in Sainte-Colombe, covers over 7,000 square meters and features multiple buildings and exquisite, well-preserved mosaics.
One building, which has become known as the House of the Bacchanalia, has an intricate floor mosaic featuring satyrs ( half-man, half-goat ) and maenads ( female followers of the god of wine. )

A large public fountain decorated with a statue of Hercules has also been unearthed at the site.



Source: BBC News | Comments (3)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by glorybebe 7 years ago
Love that mosaic.  So crazy it has survived after all these years
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Very nice!  I guess this will put the housing plans on hold for some time to come.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Dark_Grey 7 years ago
Can't imagine what it must have looked like when new. Mosaic tiles, beautiful fountains...


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