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Venice, A Roman Road Discovered At The Bottom Of The Lagoon: It Is Older Than The City Itself.

Sometimes history and the past return, even after thousands of years and in the most incredible and unexpected places. We realize this when we are faced with sensational discoveries like the one we are about to tell you about and which, in the space of a few hours, has already made a lot of talks.

Everyone knows Venice for its wonderful canals which, in many cases, are the real streets of the city. But rare are those who imagine that under its waterways hide ancient treasures, vestiges of a past which no longer exists but which inevitably ends up manifesting itself in the present with all its enchantment.

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An old submerged road, just below the Treporti Canal , a pretty sure sign that the area would have been accessible by land around 2,000 years ago. The sensational discovery, made following a study conducted by the Institute of Marine Sciences of the National Research Council in collaboration with the University of Venice, was seen after careful mapping of the seabed of the entire area.

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Thanks to high-resolution sonar, it was possible to obtain exceptional confirmation of what was already suspected: long before the foundation of the lagoon city, stable populations already existed. The hypothesis had already been raised in the 1980s, when archaeologist Ernesto Canal claimed that there were numerous submerged structures, remains of man-made structures, and articulated road systems in the lagoon where Venice stands today in all its splendor.

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The research and discovery, published in detail in Scientific Reports , opens up new perspectives on the historical context of the city and the entire area during Roman times. Specifically, the researchers found twelve structures reaching 52.7 meters long and 2.7 meters high , stretching 1.1 km southwest to northeast, and suggesting a road.

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“We believe it was part of the network of Roman roads in the northeastern part of the Venetian Lagoon,” said Federica Madricardo, of the Institute of Marine Sciences. “It is a very difficult area to explore because there are strong currents and the water is very cloudy.”

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This is irrefutable proof of how Venice and the area to which it belongs have always been subject to the natural elements and the will of the sea. Faced with such a discovery, one really wonders, giving free rein to one’s imagination, what one of the most famous places in the world looked like at the time. What we do know is that nothing is as obvious as it seems!

Source used:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2284967-ancient-roman-road-discovered-at-the-bottom-of-the-venice-lagoon/

 Scientific Reports

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