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September 27 2012

University of Kentucky professors' surprise discovery: prehistoric settlement in Italy


University of Kentucky professors Paolo Visona and George Crothers have spent their professional lives studying ancient civilizations Visona, mostly Greek archaeology; and Crothers, mostly early Native American populations in Kentucky's Green River valley.

This summer, their research was in neither of those areas, yet it turned out to be one of the most unexpected and exciting professional moments in either man's career a culmination of expertise, planning and lots of luck. Visona now calls it a "perfect combination of circumstances."

The story started years ago, when Visona, a native of northern Italy, was in graduate school. He met a farmer who told him about artifacts that would surface in his fields in Valbruna, an area near the village of Tezze di Arzignano. The farmer described pieces of mosaic and ceramics that looked as if they came from Roman settlements.

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