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Roman era tombs revealed during sewer works in Sicily's Marsala

Two hypogea and 37 tombs have been discovered in the area of the Romano-Punic necropolis of ancient Lilybaeum in Marsala, located in the extreme west of Sicily, during excavation work for the laying of a new sewer pipe in Via Alcide De Gasperi, behind the old Palace of Justice in Piazza Paolo Borsellino. 

Roman era tombs revealed during sewer works in Sicily's Marsala
Credit: ANSA

The attention of the archaeologists is particularly focused on the hypogea which they believe may hide two chambers at a depth of 8 metres. 

Archaeologists do not rule out the possibility that this structure is similar to the hypogeum of Crispia Salvia, a Roman tomb measuring 5 m. by 5 m., built in the second century AD and adorned with precious frescoes, which is located about one hundred metres away from this discovery.

In the meantime, the works contracted by the Municipality for the new sewerage in that stretch have been suspended and a solution is being sought with the officials of the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.

Source: ANSA [November 20, 2020]

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