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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Scientists learned about the wine business of the Roman emperors


During excavations in the Villa that belonged to one of the Roman emperors, archaeologists have discovered traces of large-scale wine business, which was controlled by the highest persons in Rome. About it reported in a press release the University of Sheffield.

Leading the excavations on the estate Vagnari (Puglia), archaeologists stumbled upon the wine cellar (cella vinaria) is a room where the beverage was kept and subjected to fermentation. Amphorae with a capacity of more than a thousand liters were buried in the ground by the neck, so that the temperature of the drink has remained stable, and he is cool.

In addition, scientists learned about the dangers of the production to the health of the slaves who lived in the Villa. Archaeologists have found dozens of lead scraps — fragments of pipes, vessels and instruments. Numerous bars of lead and traces its melting point to the active use of this metal in everyday life of the Villa.

Wangari Villa is located in the valley of the river Busenello, East of the Apennine mountains on the border of the provinces of Basilicata and Puglia. After these territories became part of the Roman state, Wangari was associated with the capital of the Appian way (a major thoroughfare of the Peninsula).

In I-IV centuries of our era, this territory became the property of the Roman emperors, who built there a large farm. Villa remains almost the only object of this type, studied in detail by archaeologists.

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