Archaeologists uncover ancient necropolis near Paris metro

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Underneath the well-trodden pavements of the French capital lies centuries of history, including the catacombs and remnants of civilizations from the past.

Recently, scientists made a surprising discovery just three meters beneath the surface in the heart of Paris – 50 graves that had previously remained undisturbed, located in close proximity to a popular metro stop.

Despite numerous construction projects and the construction of the Port-Royal station on the Left Bank in the 1970s, this necropolis had somehow remained buried, Euro News reported.

It was only unearthed this year during an archaeological excavation initiated by plans to construct a new train station exit.

This discovery provides a rare opportunity to gain insight into what life was like in the Roman town of Lutetia, which existed almost 2,000 years ago at the present-day location of Paris.

The burial site had not been maintained and gradually became covered over time, causing its exact location to become lost.

This newly discovered segment of the necropolis, which archaeologists began excavating in March, has never been observed before, as reported by Euro News.

According to INRAP president Dominique Garcia, “No one has seen it since ancient times.”

The team was able to date the burial site to the second century AD, thanks to a coin discovered in one of the skeletons’ mouths, as stated by Colonna.

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