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Stunning Roman mosaic floor unearthed in Italy

Posted on Friday, 29 May, 2020 | Comment icon 2 comments

The mosaic was found 1m beneath the soil. Image Credit: Facebook / Comune di Negrar di Valpolicella
Surveyors working on a vineyard in northern Italy have discovered a remarkably well-preserved Roman mosaic.
Exhibiting an intricate pattern of swirls, lines and shapes, this incredibly pristine piece of art once served as the floor of a Roman villa that stood approximately 2,000 years ago.

While the presence of a significant Roman building at the site had been known about for almost a century, archaeologists have only recently been able to successfully excavate the ruins.

"After countless decades of failed attempts, part of the pavement and foundations of the Roman Villa located north of the capital, discovered by scholars over a century ago, has finally been brought to light," the Comune di Negrar di Valpolicella wrote on its official Facebook page.

Further excavations will aim to map out the size and shape of the structure.
Mosaics like this one are among some of the most breathtaking and well-preserved examples of Roman art and architecture with the earliest examples dating back to the 2nd century BC.

Intricately put together by artisan craftsmen, they are made up of geometrical blocks called tesserae.

You can check out some additional images of the Negrar di Valpolicella mosaic below.

Source: BBC News | Comments (2)

Tags: Roman, Mosaic

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd on 28 May, 2020, 9:54
Archaeologists have discovered a perfectly preserved mosaic from a villa over 1,700 years old  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ozymandias on 28 May, 2020, 12:52
Isn't it extraordinary that something as beautiful as this could be left to slowly disappear over a period of centuries. The only thing I can think of is that the location was abandoned and/or became unusable as a habitation site and transporting or removing that mosaic floor elsewhere was not practicable. Otherwise, if the floor continued to be known about and building a dwelling remained feasible or desirable in that place, then surely someone would have wanted to incorporate that floor into their dwelling.  

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