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Ancient Roman settlement got into the radar of science

Bath, market, temple, advanced sewage system - for the first time, researchers have mapped a precision ancient Roman settlement without moving a stone, France Press and Reuters report.
To penetrate the depths of Phalerias Novi, the team, including British and Belgian scientists, used a georadar.

"For the first time, this technology has been used to map an entire city,” says Martin Millett of the research team from the University of Cambridge, BTA reported.

Located about 50 km from Rome, the ancient Roman settlement was first inhabited around 240 BC and remained inhabited until 700 AD.

Phalerias Novi has been subject to partial excavations and research since 1990 However, the use of georadar allows scientists to drill at great depth and track the development of the settlement over the centuries.

According to data obtained by the researchers, “Phalerias Novi's plan proves to be more substandard compared to those of many other Roman cities, such as Pompeii.

With an estimated population of about 3000 people, Falleriya Novi has an unexpectedly complex public bath, a market, a minimum of 60 large houses and a rectangular temple with columns near the city's south gate.

A public monument with no analogue was opened near the north gate.

The ancient settlement also had a “surprising” system of water pipes that passed under houses and not just along the streets.


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