Stays of Submerged Nabatean Temple Uncovered in Italy
Italian archaeologists uncovered two marble altars from the misplaced metropolis of Puteoli, an Historic Roman commerce hub partially swallowed by the Gulf of Naples. Seismic exercise capsized components of the Roman outpost; a up to date Italian metropolis named Pozzuoli stands on the shore of the identical Mediterranean cove.
Historic Greeks based Puteoli round 600 BCE. It grew to become a part of the Roman Empire and served as a significant commerce hub for luxurious items and grain from Alexandria, Egypt.
The recovered altars have been a part of the “Temple of the Nabataeans,” in accordance with the Italian Ministry of Tradition’s April 11 announcement. The ministry said that archaeologists have lengthy identified the approximate location of the submerged temple, however solely just lately have been they in a position to decipher its actual resting place.
The Nabataeans have been a robust civilization of nomadic Arabian retailers. They constructed Petra in current-day Jordan across the third century BCE. The group retained energy in commerce networks and held a everlasting outpost in Puteoli. From their hub within the Roman metropolis, the Nabateans facilitated commerce between the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, and mainland Arabia. They grew rich partly by controlling the supply of aromatics akin to frankincense and myrrh to Historic Romans.
The commerce partnership turned the Nabataeans and Historic Romans into allies. Not lengthy after the just lately found marble altars have been created, nonetheless, the Historic Romans conquered Petra in 106 CE. Puteoli remained a commerce outpost for Rome till the Empire collapsed.
Different vital archaeological finds from the current-day metropolis of Pozzuoli embody a statue devoted to Roman Emperor Domitian, a aid honoring an emperor, and a group of engraved glass flasks thought to have been distributed as late-Roman souvenirs. The town additionally has a well-preserved Roman amphitheater (the third largest in Italy) that stands safely above the Gulf of Naples.
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