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« on: September 23, 2008, 03:04:06 pm »


                                                Ancestor city of Venice Discovered

Ruins of an ancient lagoon city that was the ancestor city of Venice have been found by scientists.

By Chris Irvine
17 Sep 2008

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.

Venice was a strong maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, stretching across 118 small islands in the marshy saltwater Venetian lagoon.

Historians agree that refugees fled to the islands from Roman cities such as Ravena, Padua and Aquileia after the Hun and Lombard invasions in the 5th and 6th century.

Paolo Mozzi, a researcher at the University of Padua geography department, said: "The hypothesis is that as Altinum also succumbed to the Barbarian invasions, the inhabitants fled farther down to the lagoon to build Venice on the islands, using some of the stones."

He added at its height, Altinum had been an important trading and seafaring centre on the Adriatic, before it was overrun by Attila in the mid-5th century.

A plan to excavate the ruins is now being drawn up at the universities of Padua and Venice, in collaboration with the Veneto region superintendent of archaeology.

The memory of Altinum is preserved in the names of several Venetian islands derived from districts of the abandoned Roman town - Torcello (from Torricellum) and Burano (Porta Boreana).
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