(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.
|English: A shoot of Isonzo. Italiano: L'isonzo fotografato all'alba. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
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.
|9m by 4.5m pillar bases testament to size|
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.
Via La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno.it | Remnants of 200meter Isonzo river Roman bridge discovered