Ruins of an ancient Roman neighbourhood described as a "little Pompeii", have been discovered on a site intended for social housing in southern France, The Independent reported. Called an "exceptional discovery" by the French culture ministry, the 7,000sq m (75,000 sq ft) find in Vienne, a small town to the south of Lyon, includes luxury house and public buildings. Objects thought to have been abandoned by residents fleeing fires in the first century AD have also been recovered. Describing the find as a “real little Pompeii in Vienne”, Benjamin Clement, the archaeologist leading the dig said they were "unbelievably lucky" to discover it. "This is undoubtedly the most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years,” he told AFP news agency.
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