Research work in Roman villa in Sicily | Photo: USF
Archaeologists from the University of South Florida have discovered a Roman villa and numerous artifacts in Sicily. The finds will allow scientists to better understand the economic system of the island in ancient times.
The research is taking place in an area of approximately 500 square meters near the coastal town of Realmonte in Sicily. The villa, called Durrueli, had stairs, multiple floors, and water channels; it was used during the 2nd-7th century CE.
Scientists also managed to excavate dishes, lamps, pottery-making devices and pottery. According to preliminary research, scientists estimate that the building was used for the production of ceramics, bricks and tiles – on an industrial scale.
Part of the villa had already been discovered several decades earlier, but now, thanks to the use of 3D scanners, the research results are definitely more interesting.
The villa was certainly a typical summer residence where representatives of the upper classes rested.