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That is a lot of dirt on top of that floor.
That looks remarkably intact for something that old, in those conditions.
How ? Someone trip over the edge? I hope to see it when they get it all swept off,, Thats amazing.
Yes, it is amazing.
Just how does so much dirt accumulate on a site like this? I could understand a couple of inches over 2000 years, but that is an awesome accumulation of soil.
took a lot of hill erosion to cover that much area that deep
I know of a couple Roman ruins in Germany, where I used to live, that have not been made known to the authorities because the owners of the land would lose use of their property (vineyards) and the income they derive from it.
Yeah, exactly what I was thinking. If I was digging on my property and saw that, I would a) cover the hole back up and b) never mention it to anybody. Seems there was a King of the Hill episode about the same thing. They dug up Hank Hill's beautiful lawn to look for Indian artifacts. Until he finally put his boot up somebody's @$$.
apologies for the late post, but evidently the site was almost completely excavated in 1922 and then covered over. Here is an article that shows a black and white pic of the previous excavationhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/28/world/europe/italy-roman-villa-mosaic.html
I worked for a while in south Georgia US near a major river, and when we located indian bones, we were suppposed to stop work and call the state archeologists, etc, which meant whatever we were working on would be delayed for months or years, we would usually say a prayer, feel guilty about disturbing bones, and replace them in the trench we were digging, or as nearby as possible. sometimes heavy rains would erode creekbanks and expose bones, we would cover them back up.