PICTURES: Venice "Ancestor" City Revealed

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A map based on aerial pictures, released in July 2009, shows the outlines of structures in the buried port city of Altinum.

The ancient Roman town was fronted by what is now called the Laguna Veneta, and a "brackish smell" likely filled the air, said study co-author Paolo Mozzi, a geomorphologist at the University of Padua in Italy. Summer would have been hot and muggy, while winter days would have often been foggy.

In Altinum's heyday "you can expect a lot of coming and going, a lot of ships arriving through the lagoon from points in the Adriatic, [and] there were merchants running along the Via Annia," a road that crossed the city, Mozzi said.
—Image courtesy Science/AAAS
 
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