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New discovery at Pompeii reveals more about the skeleton found under a rock

In a new discovery archaeologists have discovered a leather pouch full of coins when removing the skeleton of a man who had been crushed by a huge rock.

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A new excavation site at Pompeii reveals its first victim

The new excavation site at Pompeii (Regio V) has revealed its first victim who was killed in a most dramatic fashion after apparently surviving the initial phases of the eruption of Vesuvius only to be crushed by a huge stone block while fleeing the doomed city.

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1599 – Pompeii discovered by Architect

trenches-pompeii-samnite-tombIn April 1599 , Italian Architect Domenico Fontana discovered the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii, while constructing a canal beneath the city. Continue reading “1599 – Pompeii discovered by Architect”

Pompeii becomes a touch app

The app available for windows, iphone and android features 3D reconstructions of the various buildings located at Pompeii to get an idea of how it all looked before the eruption of Vesuvius. The app also features cutaway drawings of houses and public buildings.  Continue reading “Pompeii becomes a touch app”

Are relics from Pompeii cursed?

According to Pompeii’s archaeological superintendent Massimo Osanna the site has received around 100 packages returning stolen relics in recent years. Continue reading “Are relics from Pompeii cursed?”

AD 79 Vesuvius Erupts – Pompeii & Herculaneum

24 August  AD 79 On this Day

Vesuvius erupted and buried the people of Pompeii. The eruption occurred just one day after the Vulcanalia, the festival celebrating Vulcan, a Roman god associated with fire. One eyewitness, Pliny the Younger, compared the smoke shooting up from Mount Vesuvius to a pine tree. Continue reading “AD 79 Vesuvius Erupts – Pompeii & Herculaneum”

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