Town in the sea – level 2

26-01-2022 15:00

The Roman town of Baia was a popular destination for rich people and emperors. Now, only divers and snorkelers can visit it because it is under water.

Volcanic activity in the Italian Gulf of Pozzuoli meant that the land started to move towards the sea. Over the centuries, the sea flooded the streets, houses, and statues, and in 1969, divers discovered them again. The divers found pieces of two statues, but they did not know that there was a whole town in the sea.

Archeologists are people who study old things. Archeologists took some of the things out from the sea because plants and animals destroyed them. Archeologists then put copies of the same things back in the sea. This means that tourists and divers can still come and swim through the old streets and see how the town looked 2,000 years ago.

Difficult words: emperor (the man who was the leader or king of ancient Rome), divers and snorkelers (people who swim very deep and people who swim in the top of the water with tools to help them breathe), volcanic activity (when gas and lava come out from the earth).

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