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Centuries-Old Roman Mosaic Found in Farmer’s Field

This is so cool. The pictures in the article are great.

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by Anonymousreply 5November 27, 2021 8:26 AM

So amazing that so much of it is preserved…a miracle it hadn’t been plowed up. So beautiful. Thanks, OP.

by Anonymousreply 1November 27, 2021 2:16 AM

I love stories like this. All my life Ive been fascinated by ancient Rome.

by Anonymousreply 2November 27, 2021 3:37 AM

Fantastic; thanks for sharing

by Anonymousreply 3November 27, 2021 4:01 AM

So how deep was this buried that crops and roots and watering and tilling didn’t damage it?

by Anonymousreply 4November 27, 2021 7:27 AM

R4: Not very deep it seems. This video and some other photos show the mosaic floor not more than knee-deep, about 0.5 meters or 1'8" -- at the deeper range.

Near Negrar in Northern Italy a wonderful Roman mosaic was found in an orchard in 2020, almost two meters (6'7") deep. You probably saw photos of the well preserved mosaic exposed within deep trenches.

Ancient Rome is typically 20 to 35 feet (6 to 10 meters) deep, but urban sites build up much deeper than rural sites usually. After the Fall, Rome's Empire of 1 Million+ fell by 90%; by about 900, there were only 20,000-30,000 inhabitabts.as low as 30,000, with most places left to tumble, reused for other purposes, areas cleared for farming or cattle, and flood damage was extensive. The site built up from tumbling down, from agricultural use, from soils and sands shifted by water and air, and from the accumulated debris of it's residents.

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by Anonymousreply 5November 27, 2021 8:26 AM
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