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Roman-era glass workshops found near Naples

An ancient road on which glass-making workshops of artisans renowned for their skill in the first century A.D. of the Roman Empire has been found near Naples. The road, Clivius Vitrarius, recently surfaced in Pozzuoli during excavations for maintenance work on a modern road. 

Roman-era glass workshops found near Naples
The Macellum, meat and fish market, in the ancient Roman city of Puteoli [Credit: Wikicommons]
The unexpected discovery occurred when the road sunk after heavy rain. In repairing it, workers came across archaeological finds and called the experts in from the Naples superintendent's office, who in turn brought to light ancient structures near the area which housed Roman baths, as reported by the newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno. 

The latest excavations have added interesting historical information on Clivius Vitrarious, the road of the glass-making artisans famous throughout the Roman Empire, alongside their artisan counterparts north of modern-day Milan.

The latest find has enriched the archaeological heritage of Naples and the Campania region. However, the area's star attraction is still Pompeii, where by the end of the month work is slated to get underway to restore the excavations of the ancient Roman city destroyed in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The first work sites will be opened in two ancient houses, the Domus of the Dioscuri and the Domus of the Red Walls. 

Then it will be the turn of the securing of all the excavations(following numerous instances in which parts of the area have collapsed over the past few years), which will have to be stabilised by December 31, 2015 through a 105-million-euro plan using EUSF and national funds. And the EU will be watching over the progress made in the works, with a visit scheduled in February by the European Commissioner for Regional Politics Johannes Hahn. 

But the future of Pompeii will have to undergo study as well, in order to valorise what is currently the second most frequently visited archaeological site in the world after the Egyptian Pyramids, but which does not produce enough wealth for the territory in which it is found. 

For this reason, Territorial Cohesion Minister Fabrizio Barca has launched a competition for ideas from entrepreneurs, creative youths and any civil society representative who wants to contribute to understanding how to make better use of the excavations. Information on how to take part can be found on the website, with a special section for Pompeii (until February 15). 

Source: ANSA [January 25, 2013]

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