Perfectly preserved Roman mosaic found in Italy

A beautiful and remarkably well preserved Roman mosaic floor was discovered by archaeologists in northern Italy. The stunning discovery, made in the township of Negrar, north of Verona, comes almost a century after the remains of an ancient villa were found on the site, news wires reported.

Pictures of the floor show its intricate patterns and colourful detail, much of which has been preserved perfectly through centuries. The floor was buried underneath a vineyard in the hilly region, officials said. They wrote that "after countless decades of failed attempts," archaeologists had uncovered "part of the flooring and foundations of the Roman villa, discovered by scholars over a century ago." The town will now work to ensure the floor can be seen by the public, officials said, but they warmed: "The result will not come soon and significant resources will be needed."

Ancient sites in Italy are starting to slowly reopen as the country comes out of its lengthy coronavirus lockdown. Shortly before the pandemic hit Italy and forced nationwide closures, the famed House of Lovers in Pompeii was reopened after 40 years following an ambitious restoration project.

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