MAN TRIES TO FIX BROKEN TOILET PIPE AND FINDS ANCIENT TOMB UNDER HIS HOUSE
Plumbing is never normally this exciting as this chap’s search for a sewage pipe lead to him finding ancient rooms and artefacts dating back 2000 years.
Lucian Faggiano found this archaeological treasure trove while trying to set up a trattoria on the ground floor of his family home in Lecce, Puglia.
After making the initial find below his home in 2000 he did not know it would lead to years of discovery.
In addition to the many artefacts a Roman granary, a 2000-year-old tomb and a Franciscan chapel with Knights Templar etchings were all uncovered.
Mr Faggiano told the New York Times: ‘I was still digging to find my pipe.
‘Every day we would find new artefacts.’
Instead of starting up a family-run restaurant, they then launched their own museum with the assistance and guidance of local authorities and experts.
This discovery is not an odd occurrence in Lecce as a member of the City Council, Severo Martini said: ‘Whenever you dig a hole, centuries of history come out.’
Indeed, a Roman amphitheatre was found underneath a marble column and a temple was recently unearthed from under a car park.