2,000-Year-Old Roman Ruin Found Under Prospective School Site

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Archaeologists have unearthed part of an ancient Roman city that was once only known about but remained undiscovered in southern France. The discovery of a several mosaics, a large wall and other structures could be a major find for students of the Roman Empire.

The International Business Times reported that the excavations began in October 2016 at the request of French government officials who purchased the land near the modern-day city of Uzes to build a boarding school and a canteen.

Months after digging began, experts uncovered pieces of the ancient city of Ucetia, which archaeologists believed was occupied from the 1st century B.C. to the late 7th century A.D.

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Philippe Cayn, from the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research, said that prior to the escalation, historians knew about a Roman city called Ucetia only because its name happened to be mentioned with 11 other names of Roman towns in the vicinity.

“It was probably a secondary town, under the authority of Nimes. No artifacts had been recovered except for a few isolated fragments of mosaic,” he said.

The find included a large geometric motif with a medallion in the center and with a deer, duck, owl and eagle in each corner, according to news.com.au. Another motif consisted of a variety of circles, diamonds and triangles, which fit perfectly within a triangle.

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Take a look at some of the mosaics:

RWC News 2,000-Year-Old Roman Ruin Found Under Prospective School Site

Archaeologists also discovered an underground heating system, called a hypocaust, which allowed hot air to pass through pipes built underneath the floor and into the walls.

Cayn led the team that excavated the 2.5-square-mile site, ensuring construction wouldn’t destroy anything of value. News.com.au reported the boarding school is scheduled to be built on the site in 2019.

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It’s astounding these pieces survived, and this remarkable discovery shows us just how advanced and creative humans were thousands of years ago.

H/T U.K. Express

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