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1700-year-old lost Roman city discovered underwater in Tunisia


Vast underwater ruins from an ancient Roman city have been discovered off northeast

A 1,700-year-old ancient Roman city has been found off the northeast coast of Tunisia after 7 years of archaeological exploration in search of the ancient city of Neapolis.

The discovered ruins confirmed the theory that the city of Neapolis was partly submerged by tsunami in the 4th century AD.

Very little has been recorded about Neapolis, because the civilization had been ultimately destroyed during the Third Punic War in 149-146 BC.

“It’s a major discovery,” Mounir Fantar, the head of a Tunisian-Italian archaeological mission which made the find off the coast of Nabeul, told AFP.

Other than streets and monuments 100 tanks have also been found. These tanks were used to make garum, a fish-based fermented condiment which was a delicacy in the ancient Roamn world, the AFP said.

“This discovery has allowed us to establish with certainty that Neapolis was a major centre for the manufacture of garum and salt fish, probably the largest centre in the Roman world,” Mr Fantar added.

Tunisian-Italian joint archaeological team started work in 2010 in search of the evidence of Neapolis.

They only made the breakthrough find of the ruins thanks to favorable weather conditions this summer.

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