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Housing complex construction unearths entire ancient Roman neighbourhood | ArchaeoFeed
Archaeologists unearthed remarkably preserved remains of luxury homes and public buildings at Sainte-Colombe by Vienne on the banks of the Rhone river, about 30km south of Lyon, France. The mosaic uncovered at the site (by Jean-Philippe Ksiazek) The site unearthed on land awaiting construction of a housing complex covers an area of nearly 7000 square metres. It has already been labelled an "exceptional find" by the French Ministry of Culture. The site contains houses dating to the 1st century AD. It is believed to have been inhabited for around 300 years before being abandoned after a series of fires, which preserved some of the finds and the state in which the Romans lived. Among the structures to have partly survived are an imposing home dubbed the Bacchanalian House after a tiled floor depicting a procession of maenads, or female followers of the god of wine, known as Dionysus or Bacchus, and joyful half-man, half-goat creatures known as satyrs. Storage jars discovered in one of the