French archaeologists working on the banks of the Rhone river about 20 miles south of Lyon unearthed the ruins which include the remains of luxury homes and public buildings.
The Roman neighbourhood was found on land destined for the construction of a housing complex in the city of Vienne.
Senior officials of the Roman Republic derived their insignia from the Etruscans: .
Though Latin in speech and culture, the Roman population must have been somewhat diverse from earliest times, a circumstance that may help to account for the openness of Roman society in historical times.) are the most poorly documented periods of Roman history because historical accounts of Rome were not written until much later.
The French culture ministry has called the discovery an "exceptional find."Lead archaeologist Benjamin Clement said: "We're unbelievably lucky.
This is undoubtedly the most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years."The well-preserved artefacts found at the site prompted Mr Clement to call the discovery “a real little Pompeii in Vienne” in a nod to the town covered in volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
Unlike Greek city-states, which excluded foreigners and subjected peoples from political participation, Rome from its beginning incorporated conquered peoples into its social and .Diggers have found homes dating back to the 1st century AD.It is believed the neighbourhood was inhabited for around 300 years before being abandoned after a series of fires.Their language resembled the speech of the Illyrians on the other side of the Adriatic.During the 5th century several Greek colonies were established along the southern coast.The mosaics will be restored off-site, with authorities hoping to display them in the Vienne's museum of Gallo-Roman civilisation in 2019.