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A ship and a palace found in the roman port of Naples
January 2nd, 2004

During the excavations for the new metro line, workers have discovered the ancient Naples seaport fall 2003 under Municipio Square, in the centre of Naples. Today the experts have announced a new important finding, in the same excavations, of a roman ship at 10 metres below the sole. The ship is dated 2 century AD. The works in Nicola Amore Square, not too far from the first site, have revealed also the remainings of palace of the imperial period.

Currently only the dimensions are known: the lenght is 10 metres long and the width is 2 meters. This is due to the fact that the ship is still completely in the mud. In few days will start the excavations to remove the ship from the mud and keep it in a safe place waiting for the restoration. Until that is not possible to determine which kind of ship is.
The dimensions are the same of the ship discovered in Herculaneum in the 1982. Also that ship, with six rower places, was found in the mud of the ancient beach and it was used for fishing.
The palace found close to the seaport is datable to August (26 BC - 14 AD) and from the first evaluation seems to be an important palace due to the big foundations and marble fronton found.


The excavations

In addition the excavations, conducted by the archeologist Daniela Giampaola with the Archeological Department of Naples, have revealed a black and white mosaic.


A piece of the big marble fronton

According to the local authorities, some of the findings will be not moved and special displays will allow metro users to watch them, while many other smaller findings will be displayed in a new "Sea Museum" within the city.

 

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