In a vineyard within the commune of Negrar di Valpolicella, near the northern Italian city of Verona, Archaeologists uncovered a pristinely preserved mosaic floor beneath a row of vines. The floor dates to the 3rd Century AD and was the product of Ancient Roman artisans.
Remains from an Ancient Roman villa were discovered nearly a century ago, but the dig site remained idle for decades until archaeologists recommitted to the excavation last summer. The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the dig once again, but the mission resumed this week, when this spectacularly-preserved relic of the past was at last unearthed.
“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,” officials from Negrar di Valpolicella wrote in a Facebook post.
Researchers are now surveying the excavation site to determine the “exact extension and exact location of the ancient construction,” though they concede that “the result will not come soon and significant resources will be needed.”
Still, officials are working with the owner of the vineyard on a plan to make the ancient remains open to the public.
The Mayor of Negrar di Valpolicella, Roberto Grison, promised local reporters “we will find a way to make this treasure enjoyable” to the community.
The antique floor in question is made of clay, and boasts a beautifully intricate mosaic with swirling shapes and complex patterns in shades of orange and blue.