Saturday, December 15, 2012

Aww, they're just Drips(inates)

A few shards of pottery, some glass and bits of mosaics turned up under his plow, and a farmer near Arzenigo in the province of Vicenza in northern Italy was intrigued. Thankfully driven by curiosity to contact experts, the farmer shared his findings with an art historian who...More...

...dug in historical archives that revealed records of ancient Roman remains in the area.

Radar helped the archaeologist pinpoint square foundations and roads, evidence of Roman inhabitation that, with the help of the unearthed fragments, can be dated roughly to a span of time from the 1st century B.C. to the 3rd or 4th century A.D. A funerary altar, always placed outside the town walls, was rediscovered.

Boooop...boooooop...booooop went the radar, and the scientists and archaeologists could hardly believe their eyes.

Significantly under the square formations of Roman construction were found the foundations of much larger round formations, unequivocal evidence of an earlier and prehistoric settlement perhaps dating to the Neolithic or Late Bronze Age.

Kazaam!, the ancient city of Dripsinum, a city of the sub-alpine Dripsinites, may have been rediscovered.

Thanks, Mr. Northern Italian Farmer, for not pocketing the fragments and whistling knowingly as you continued to plow. Thanks, Mr. Northern Italian Archaeologist, for having the curiosity to dig--literally and figuratively--a bit deeper. Thanks, Mr. Northern Italian scientists, for your significant role. Thanks, Mr. Northern Italian Mayor, for permission to dig.

Let the investigative fun and scholarship begin!

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