Archaeology: Roman road discovered submerged in the Venice lagoon
Roman road discovered submerged in the Venice lagoon indicates large settlements may have been present CENTURIES before the city was founded 1,300 years ago
- Experts from Venice's Institute of Marine Sciences sonar scanned the lagoon
- They detected 12 ancient structures lined up as if along an ancient roadway
- Another large structure appears consistent with a Roman-era dock for ships
- The road runs from the Venice lagoon towards Chioggia via the Treporti Channel
- In Roman times, this area would have been a sandy ridge that rose above the sea
- Past digs have uncovered amphorae and paving stones from the channel area
Experts have found evidence of a Roman road in the Venice lagoon — indicating that large settlements existed in the area centuries before the city's foundation in 697 AD.
In the Roman era, much of what is now submerged under the lagoon was land — and many artefacts from the time have been found in Venice's islands and waterways.
These have included various amphorae and Roman flagstones called 'basoli'. However, the extent of Roman …
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