French archaeologists have discovered what they’re calling “Little Pompeii” just south of Lyon.
The ancient Roman ruins were uncovered in Sainte Colombe, a gorgeous suburb located across the Rhône River from the city of Vienne, just 20 miles south of Lyon.
Apparently the Romans thought it was a gorgeous place to live too, since archaeologists have discovered what was most likely a neighborhood built around a market place. They’ve found remnants of shops that sold food, wine, metalwork, and artisanal products, two houses that most likely belonged to nobles considering the kind of tiled mosaics they found, as well as a hydraulic network for drainage.
According to archaeologist Benjamin Clément, the discovery is “probably the most exceptional find from the Roman era in years.”
See some of the ancient Roman ruins in the video above.