Ancient Roman mausoleum found

The 2,000-year-old Roman-era mausoleum had been buried under tonnes of illegally-dumped garbage.

Updated: Apr 26, 2011, 10:13 AM IST

Pozzuoli (Italy): The Italian police near Naples have discovered a 2,000-year-old Roman-era mausoleum buried under tonnes of illegally-dumped garbage.

The mausoleum, which dates back to the second century AD, was found by police hidden beneath 58 tonnes of garbage in the coastal town Pozzuoli while they were impounding the site they say was being used to illegally dispose of waste.

Police used earth-moving equipment to dig through the garbage revealing the entrance to the mausoleum which was used to hide refuse.

Marble beams and decorations came to light after trash was removed.

The owner and user of the 1,700 square meter site are accused of breaking Italian environmental and archeological conservation laws.

IANS