“There is no sign that tells you what you are looking at,” Luley explains. “You have to figure it out. You find all of these clues and have to piece them together. That’s part of the fun of archaeology.”
That’s exactly what he did when working on an excavation site known as Lattes in southern France. After excavating a largely residential second-century site, Luley and his colleagues stumbled into a first-century tavern.
It’s a find that not only caused quite a stir in the archaeological community, but this discovery—which many are referring to as the "bar older than Jesus"—was publicized by media outlets like USA Today, the Smithsonian, Live Science, and others.