telegraph.co.uk: Researchers working on the remains of a Roman "ghost fleet" found buried in the
mud near the Italian city of Pisa, now believe that the city may have been
built on a lagoon, much like early Venice.
Several years ago, bulldozers working on a railroad project near Pisa unearthed
an ancient wooden ship, buried in the mud. The dig that resulted has produced
several Roman warships dating from 200BCE-500CE. The ships, which will now
become a cherished part of a new museum's collection, have led researchers to
believe that Pisa, like Venice, was built on a lagoon.
"We used the data to help reconstruct the landscape as it would have been in
Etruscan times, and found that then there was a situation similar to Venice,"
said Prof Bruni of the University of Ferrara.
"Now Pisa is 10km [about six miles] from the sea. Then, it was 3.5km, and was a
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