A Roman building from the 2nd century AD has emerged from an excavation in an old cinema in Verona in a find that “evokes a miniature Pompeii”, as reported this Monday (06/14/2021) by the archaeological superintendency of the Venetian city.
Excavations have confirmed the extraordinary character of the complex, which dates back to Roman imperial times and continues to have an unknown function. Milled walls have been found, as well as floor heating systems and concrete walls and floors decorated with tiles and crustaceans.
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Experts believe that the structure would have survived a fire, as the roof had collapsed and there were charred wooden furniture items among the finds.
“A fire appears to have ended the assistance of the complex,” said the superintendent.
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The find and evidence of a fire evoked connotations of ancient Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
“A calamitous event, in this case a fire, suddenly marked the end of the complex, leaving traces,” the report added.
After the closure of the old cinema and its abandonment, the negotiations between the city council, the property and the superintendency had led in 2018 to the announcement of a change in the use of the cinema for commercial purposes, so the works that led to it had recently been restarted. finding.