For thousands of years, the Roman city of Ucetia was known only by name. Many scientists questioned its existence. However, archaeologists managed to find the remains of a center near modern Uzes (southern France), indicating that the Roman city really existed.
A team of scientists led by Philippe Cayn discovered a 4,000 m2 centre, decorated with numerous mosaics. One of the works shows the sun surrounded by an owl, deer, duck, eagle and waves. Another mosaic is a collection of circles, diamonds and triangles. Apart from the mosaics, no artifacts were found. Researchers say that the city was inhabited from the 1st century BCE.
Ucetia is one of the 11 other Roman cities that existed in this region according to ancient sources. The excavation was commissioned by the French government after construction work for a new school was due to start in October last year. The excavations will last until August 2017.