Researchers have discovered artifacts and remains of a road from Roman times in the famous Venetian lagoon. During Roman times, the areas of the lagoon that are currently submerged in water were accessible by land; However, it is still unclear to what extent humans were occupying the area at the time.
The recent discovery, made by researchers in Italy Institute of Marine Sciences other discussed in scientific reportsWhat was achieved by mapping the bottom of the lagoon using sonar. Researchers discovered 12 archaeological structures on the Treporti Canal, which is located within the lagoon. These structures were found to be aligned in a northeast direction along 1,140 meters (approximately 3,740 feet) and are 2.7 meters high and 52.7 meters long.
Previous surveys of the canal revealed stones similar to those used by the Romans for its construction. This led researchers to believe that these stones could be lined up along a Roman road.
Based on the dimensions and similarity to other structures in similar areas, such as the Grado and Marano lagoons, the researchers say that the largest of the structures found could be something similar to a pier. Previous geological data indicates that a road connecting the structures was located on a sandy ridge that would have been above sea level during Roman times, but is now submerged in the lagoon.
All of these findings led the researchers to the idea that a permanent settlement might have been located on the Treporti Canal. They believe that the road could have been part of an even larger network of Roman landscape within the Venice region. These roads could have been used by travelers and sailors to travel between the city of Chioggia and the northern part of the Venetian lagoon.