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>> They're calling this Little Pompeii, a massive archaeological dig in Southern France unearthing clues to life in Ancient Rome. Drone footage helps give a sense of the true scale of the find, an unfortunate aim for its Roman inhabitants helping to preserve the site for future generations.>> Here, we don't have the inhabitants but the two successive fires allowed the entirety of the remains, the architecture, the furniture to be fossilized, solidified, because we can excavate the upper floor levels and the ground floor.
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And in every space, we found a furniture left by the inhabitants who had to flee the fire, just like in Pompeii where the people had to flee the volcanic eruption.>> Archaeologists are still chiseling and brushing away at the precious find. The ruins hide a once wealthy Roman neighborhood of luxury homes and vast open spaces.
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The area nearly on, became a Roman colony around 47 BC, marble and mosaics have already been unearthed, and this could be just the beginning. The site is thought to cover some 7,000 square meters.