A Roman mosaic tile has been discovered under a grape vineyard in northern Italy after decades of research.Respondents in the municipality of Negrar di Valpolicella in northern Verona published images of well-preserved tiles in the depths of the earth.

According to officials, researchers first found evidence of a Roman villa there more than a century ago.Technicians are still gently digging the site to see the full extent of the ancient building.

Photos posted online show the intact mosaic as well as the foundations of the villa.

A note on the municipality’s website said the excavators had finally made the discovery “after decades of failed attempts”.

Respondents will contact the owners of the vineyard and the municipality “to identify the most appropriate ways to make this archeological treasure hidden under our feet available and accessible.

Technicians will need “important resources” to complete the job. But local authorities have pledged to provide all necessary assistance to continue the excavations.

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