Ancient Roman City Ucetia Existence Confirmed By These Mysterious Mosaics

Posted: Apr 3 2017, 4:03am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Ancient Roman City Ucetia Existence Confirmed by These Mysterious Mosaics
The mosaic was found in a large building. Credit: Denis Gliksman / INRAP
  • Complex Mosaics reveal Mysterious History of Roman City in the South of France

A series of complex mosaics have revealed the mysterious history of a Roman city in the south of France.

An ancient Roman city by the name of Ucetia has been excavated in the south of France. Up until now, it had only been known by its name. Some of the stunning features that it possessed had gone unnoticed.

The excavation started in October 2016 at the prompting of the French government. This was after the local administration bought some land in the area for the purpose of building a boarding school and a canteen.

A group of archaeologists, from the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP), excavated the site. This was to ensure that the construction going on would not damage some of the relics and mosaics.

Thus the enigmatic past of this Roman city came to light. Prior to this no artefacts had been unearthed. What was found was that the area had been occupied from the 1st century BC to the 7th century AD, according to International Business Times.

There was an interregnum in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD which had been found difficult to explain away. The ruins of buildings were also found although they were few and far between.

A huge wall was found along with several other monuments that had been built just before the Roman invasion. This included a room with an oven where bread was baked. This had been later on substituted with a dolium which is a large ceramic container. Most of these monuments would have existed within the walls of the city of Ucetia. The intricate web of links and connections as well as the general layout of the buildings showed that it was the central square of the Roman city.

The most bedazzling display of brilliance was the mosaics which are still extant. The mosaic pavement was within a large building which had a colonnade. The early urban setup of the area came into play here since that is the time period the complex mosaics date back to. Two large mosaics with traditional designs have been identified. They have two central medallions of crowns, rays and chevrons. One of them has animals surrounding it. These include: an owl, a duck, an eagle and a fawn. Due to the humongous size of the mosaic, it is a memorable sight to see. Such mosaics were found in Roman times. It was a probably a public building in which the mosaics were originally constructed. Some say it was a private home for which the mosaics were built. The owner of the estate must have been a very rich man. The digging will continue at the site till August of 2017.

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