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Fifteen Roman tombs unearthed in Alto Adige, northern Italy


The archaeological excavation in San Giorgio, at the crossroads of Via Moro and Via San Isidoro, along the route that will be affected by the new roundabout at the entrance of the Loppio tunnel in Upper Garda, is nearing its end.

Fifteen Roman tombs unearthed in Alto Adige, northern Italy
Credit: l'Adige
"The area that runs along the provincial road 118," explains Cristina Bassi of the Superintendence of Cultural and Archaeological Heritage, "is already known for the discovery of Roman burials. We found another stretch of the Roman road, on the western side of the provincial, where we discovered burials from the third or fourth century AD."

Fifteen Roman tombs unearthed in Alto Adige, northern Italy
Credit: l'Adige
"We found different types of burial, some with double sloping tile roofs; then there are the remains of a very large building, without flooring, probably a warehouse or production facility. We have only uncovered a part of it, heading west to the countryside. There are burials from the second century AD onwards and other burials from which we recovered There are burials from the second century AD onwards and other burials from which we recovered funerary items such as amphorae, oil lamps and other material."

Fifteen Roman tombs unearthed in Alto Adige, northern Italy
Credit: l'Adige
"The discoveries of San Giorgio are no surprise," Bassi explains, "they fit into what we already know of the Upper Garda, an area that was guarded in Roman times: there are cemetery sites, settlement areas, San Cassiano, the Roman baths in Via Roma. The Basso Sarca is an archaeological area rich in Roman, even prehistoric, finds and every object found is an extra piece with which to reconstruct the historical picture."

Fifteen Roman tombs unearthed in Alto Adige, northern Italy
Credit: l'Adige
"The modern road, the 118 provincial road, that is the Via Aldo Moro, follows the ancient Roman road and the Romans buried their dead, generally, along the road, in small nuclei."

Fifteen Roman tombs unearthed in Alto Adige, northern Italy
Credit: l'Adige
"The tombs discovered are not very rich, but belong to modest people. We have recovered about fifty finds including pitchers, flasks, oil lamps, and coins. All the material will now be taken to the laboratory for analysis and study," concludes Bassi.

Source: l'Adige [June 21, 2018]

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