Archaeology: The Sunken Roman Road in the Lagoon of Venice

Archaeology: The Sunken Roman Road in the Lagoon of Venice

At the northern end of the Venetian Lagoon, a Roman road probably ran along a submerged shore. This is the conclusion of a working group led by Fantina Madricardo from the Venice Marine Research Institute ISMAR based on high-resolution digital reconstructions of the ocean floor. The remains are now about four to six meters deep in a channel between the island of Sant’Erasmo and the town of Treporti on the peninsula that separates the northern part of the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Team reports in “Scientific Reports”. According to this, several sites of discovery are arranged in a row more than a kilometer long, where the typical capstones of Roman roads, called “basolis”, came to light during the dive. Some of these projected road sections that have been preserved are tens of meters long.

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