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“Little Pompeii” discovered near Lyon in France

Friday, August 04, 2017 - 01:10

A team of French archaeologists are excavating an ancient Roman neighborhood discovered on a site awaiting construction in Sainte-Colombe, near the southeastern city of Lyon in France. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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They're calling this 'little Pompeii.' A massive archeological dig in southern France, unearthing clues to life in ancient Rome. Drone footage helps give a sense of the true scale of the find. An unfortunate end for its Roman inhabitants helping to preserve the site for future generations. (SOUNDBITE) (French) LEAD ARCHAEOLOGIST ON THE SITE BENJAMIN CLEMENT SAYING: "Here, we don't have the inhabitants but the two successive fires allowed the entirety of the remains, the architecture, the furniture to be fossilized, solidified, because we can excavate the upper-floor levels and the ground floor. And in every space we found furniture left by the inhabitants who had to flee the fire, just like in Pompeii where the inhabitants had to flee the volcanic eruption." Archeologists are still chiseling and brushing away at the precious find. The ruins hide a once wealthy Roman neighborhood of luxury homes and vast open spaces. The area, near Lyon, became a Roman colony around 47BC. Marble and mosaics have already been unearthed. And this could be just the beginning. The site is thought to cover some 7,000 square meters.

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“Little Pompeii” discovered near Lyon in France

Friday, August 04, 2017 - 01:10