They discover a Roman amphitheater in Volterra

They discover a Roman amphitheater in Volterra

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Archeology allows us to continue discovering the legacy that history has left in different parts of the planet such as the discovery that has been made very recently in the Italian city of Volterra, where a group of archaeologists has discovered the remains of an oval structure, which may be the most important Roman amphitheater that has been discovered in the last century.

The shape of this structure is very similar to that of the Roman Coliseum, although it has some dimensions smaller than this. Other data of great importance are also provided such as that it measures about 80 × 60 meters, although only a small part of this structure has been unearthed, which is estimated to be buried between 6 and 10 meters and it is also estimated that its origins date back to the 1st century BC

After the first studies carried out at the site, it has been discovered that it is built in stone and decorated with panchino, a class of ornamental stone native to Volterra and that has been used since the time of the Etruscans, something of great importance because no ancient source mentions its existence.

To this day, archaeologists have discovered a large stone completely sculpted and also what appears to be the vaulted access to a cryptoportico or covered passageway, which they suspect could be the corridor in which the gladiators stayed before enter the arena to fight and offer a show to those present in the coliseum.

As stated Elena Sorge, archaeologist of the Tuscan Superintendency, who is in charge of the entire excavation, of this find it must be said that if it is compared with the Roman Coliseum that we all know, which could host more than 50,000 people during all the circuses and other public shows, the Volterra amphitheater is estimated to host 10,000 people on three levels.

Another important fact about this site is that just over a kilometer and a half away a theater built in the time of Augustus has been discovered and it is considered one of the best preserved in all of Italy.

To the present day Volterra was known primarily for its important Etruscan legacy, a civilization of which was one of its most powerful cities and it was in the 1st century BC. when it fell under Roman rule and this new find shows that despite this an important nucleus always continued within the enormous empire of Augustus.

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