Ancient Roman mosaic floor discovered underneath vineyard in Italy
An ancient Roman mosaic floor has been discovered in almost perfect condition under a vineyard in northern Italy following years of searching.
The ancient Roman mosaic was discovered by archeologists in the hills above Negrar di Valpolicella near the Italian city of Verona after “countless decades of failed attempts,” authorities from the town wrote on their Facebook page.
“After countless decades of failed attempts, part of the floor and foundations of the Roman villa located north of Verona, discovered by scholars a century ago, has finally been brought to light,” authorities from Negrar di Valpolicella said.
The remains of a villa were first discovered over a century ago but since 1922 had been left mostly abandoned before a dig of the area by the Superintendent of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Verona resumed last summer.
Digging had been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic but began again just over a week ago.
Surveyors said they will liaise with the owners of the vineyard and the municipality "to identify the most appropriate ways to make this archaeological treasure hidden under our feet available and accessible".
Experts believe the floor could date back as far as the 3rd century AD and the area is still being excavated to determine the extent of the find.