Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018

Remnants of 200-meter Isonzo river Roman bridge discovered

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(ANSA) – Trieste, September 14 – The remnants of what is
likely to be a 200-meter Roman bridge that crossed the River
Isonzo in Northern Italy have been unearthed by a specialized
architectural team.
The archaeologists were able to carry out the works when
the summer heat dried up the river, permitting excavation works
to be carried out on the Savogna bank of the river towards
Udine.
In the past few days they discovered the rectangular bases
of large pillars that used to uphold a Roman bridge that spanned
the Isonzo river where the Mainizza church now is.
Their large size, 9 meters by 4.5 meters, are a testament
to the width of the bridge.
Groups of digging teams belonging to specialized
archaeological research companies ArcheoTest and Petra carried
out the excavations under the scientific supervision of expert
Angelina De Laurenzi of the Italian Culture Ministry.
The archaeological works were partially sponsored by roads
company Autovie venete.
Based on discoveries in the area dating from 1963 to 2003,
the bridge, along which the via Aquileia-Emona crossed, was
probably about 200 meters wide and was borne by some 11 pillars.
Further archeological research is being carried out to
discover if the Roman bridge was based on natural foundations or
man made ones.
The ancient Aquileia-Emona road still exists today in
modern form and is called the Ljubjana road, after the Slovenian
capital in northwestern Slovenia.
The Isonzo river runs along both Italy and Slovenia. Many
World War One battles were fought along its banks.

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