ancient Roman temple in France, Temple d'Auguste et de Livie

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French archaeologists erupt with excitement over ‘Little Pompeii’

An ancient Roman neighborhood dating back to the first century C.E. is being excavated by French archaeologists in the outskirts of the city of Vienne in France (also home to the Roman Temple d'Auguste et de Livie pictured above), The Guardian reports. The entire luxury neighborhood is mostly preserved by volcanic ash, including a mosaic depicting a muse and patron of comedy being kidnapped by a god of satyrs. The excavation, which started in April, has been extended to the end of the year to uncover the rest of the site. 

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