Thursday, October 9, 2008

Before Venice, Altinum

This rather short article was forwarded to me by my mother. It discusses that, through satellite imaging, one can see the outlines of an ancient city about 7 miles north of Venice near Marco Polo Airport. Plans to excavate are underway by the Universities of Padua and Venice.

Here is an excerpt:

Using satellite imaging, the outlines of the ruins can be clearly seen about three feet below the earth in what is now open countryside.

The discovery of the extensive town was found at Altino, known in Roman times as Altinum, more than seven miles north of Venice, and close to Marco Polo airport.

The ruins include streets, palaces, temples, squares and theatres, as well as a large amphitheatre and canals, showing Altinum was once a wealthy and thriving city.

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