In northern Italy, a few kilometers from Bologna, archaeologists are excavating the ancient site of Claterne. This ancient city, which flourished during the Roman Empire, has many artefacts. Over the past few weeks, work in particular has made it possible to excavate 3,000 pieces and about fifty precious stones.
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A few kilometers southeast of Bologna, a little-known but history-rich archaeological site has recently revealed new secrets. On 10 November, the Italian Ministry of Culture announced the discovery of 3,000 coins and 50 precious stones at the site where the Roman city of Claterne was built. By excavating the soil of this region of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy, archaeologists had already succeeded in excavating several ancient buildings. A stage, public baths, a theater and streets were unearthed by researchers. This new explosion of work allows historians to underline the importance of this site, which has been described as ” North Pompeii ,
A “nerve center of commerce” in Roman Italy.
With 3,000 pieces and 50 cut precious stones, it is truly a mini treasure that Italian historians can now study. Partial dating allows us to determine that the excavated artefacts date from the 1st century AD at the latest. Coins representing Roman gods are distinct from the usual imperial effigies that adorned the currency of the Roman Empire. Made of silver and bronze, some prove exceptionally rare. like a loner of fiveSilver coins were minted for a few years from 97 BC.
Located a little less than 400 kilometers from Rome, Claterne appears to have been an important place in the Empire, both culturally and commercially. The important discovery in recent weeks appears to be inspiring archaeologists to further research. Authorities in the Emilia-Romagna region say much of the ancient city remains to be excavated. For now, researchers estimate that only 1/10I The surface of the city (about 18 hectares) was excavated.