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Greek archaeologists discover rare Roman ruins April 4, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Archaeology Greece.

Rows of stone seating and a stone-flagged pavement from what archaeologists believe may have been an ancient theater are seen in this photo released by the Greek Culture Ministry on Wednesday, April 4, 2007. Digging on the western island of Kefallonia, archaeologists have also discovered a large Roman-era tomb with its ancient offerings intact. The complex, which contained five burials, yielded gold jewelry, glass and clay pots and bronze artifacts, a Culture Ministry announcement said. 

greek_fiscardo.jpg  Archaeologists on a Greek island have discovered a large Roman-era tomb containing gold jewelry, pottery and bronze offerings, officials said Wednesday. The building, near the village of Fiscardo on Kefalonia, contained five burials including a large vaulted grave and a stone coffin, a Culture Ministry announcement said. 

The complex, measuring 26 by 20 feet, had been missed by grave-robbers, the announcement said.

Archaeologists found gold earrings and rings, gold leaves that may have been attached to ceremonial clothing, as well as glass and clay pots, bronze artifacts decorated with masks, a bronze lock and copper coins. The vaulted grave, a house-shaped structure, had a small stone door that still works perfectly, turning on stone pivots. On a nearby plot, archaeologists also located traces of what may have been a small theater with four rows of stone seats, the ministry said.

Previous excavations in the area have uncovered remains of houses, a baths complex and a cemetery, all dating to Roman times, between 146 B.C. and 330 A.D.  which they say must have been an important link between ancient Greece and Italy.

“It is the first time such a monument is discovered, not only in Cephalonia but in all the Ionian Sea islands,” the Culture Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. “It is a touching detail that the stone door still opens and closes to this day just as in antiquity,” the Ministry added.

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