Remains of 1800-year-old Roman bath found during excavations in France

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The ruins of a second-century Roman bathhouse were discovered near the French village of Jena after a family needed an archaeological assessment of the area for further construction. 

This was reported by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research.

For example, a French family in the south of France planned their own construction and ended up having a hand in an archaeological discovery.

The ruins were initially thought to be a shrine or religious building until archaeologists began excavations and discovered a complex bath complex that was powered by a nearby waterfall.

Photo: Emmanuel Ferber, Inrap

The 1800-year-old bathhouse contained a large swimming pool, a garden, and had three rooms connected to the heating system. Experts suggest that these rooms are similar to modern saunas with different temperatures.

They also discovered another building with a smooth concrete floor and walls decorated with drawings of red flowers. The use of the room is still unknown, but archaeologists believe that it could have been a locker room or even a library.

Photo: Emmanuel Ferber, Inrap

Photo: Emmanuel Ferber, Inrap

The buildings have been abandoned since the fourth century and were probably located near a temple in the area. The site is located near the crossing of the Rhone River, which was indicated on ancient maps.



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