Roman Mosaic Floor Discovered In Sardinia’s Porto Torres

A portion of the floor of what must have been a luxurious private Roman villa of the third century, was brought to light in Porto Torres, during the excavations for the laying of the gas network. The discovery was made in Via Ponte Romano, inside an excavation site measuring about 9 by 4 metres.

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“The bulldozers,” explains the Archaeological Superintendence for Sassari and Nuoro, “have uncovered a wall made of large limestone blocks, which delimits a portion of polychrome mosaic dating back to around the middle of the third century, in a good state of preservation.”

“At the moment we can see part of the border characterized by different bands, including a chequered pattern with hourglasses, rendered in black and white, and an interlaced one, with white, black, yellow, red and sky-blue tesserae.”

“It is most probably the floor of a luxurious private villa, comparable to those discovered during the investigations carried out in previous decades, such as the domus of Orpheus and the domus dei Mosaici.

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“This is yet another small corner of the ancient Colonia Iulia Turris Libisonis, a city that in Roman times was one of the most important centres of Sardinia.”

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Archaeologists are continuing the excavation, which concerns a complex stratigraphic situation, in order to have a more detailed picture of the extent and nature of the discovery.

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