How long was Pompeii buried before it was uncovered?

Pompeii is one of the most popular and largest archaeological tourist spots in the entire world. But once, it was a lost city, hidden from the world in a natural time capsule.

Pompeii’s End

The once thriving Roman city met its tragic end after Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 BC. Waves of ash and gas destroyed all life within the city, burying the buildings, streets, and people in a thick layer of volcanic debris that solidified into stone. Leaving the once beloved city deep in the ground. Years past, and soon Pompeii vanish from existence until it was nothing more than a myth.

The Hidden Years

The city was hidden from the world for decades, completely sealed off from human intervention. Its initial discovery was in 1599 when the architect Domenico Fontana was constructing an underground channel to divert the river Sarno. The construction project unearthed a number of frescoes, inscriptions, and architectural blocks while digging a canal. After the architect unearthed a few more frescoes, he then covered it up again, with nothing more coming out of the discovery. Hundreds of years past after this first finding, with the next rediscovery starting in the eighteenth century. Further incidental detections began in the early 1700s after workers building a summer palace for the King of Naples discover part of the ruins. Prompting a large investigation and evacuation. Royals began plundering the area for ancient decorations worthy for their palaces. And it was not until the 1800s that archaeologists started studying the area appropriately, beginning the longest continually excavated site ever seen.

What you can see at Pompeii today?

A third of the city is still buried, with the exposed sections open for tourists to venture into. The site draws thousands of travellers from around the world annually. Offering visitors, a chance to step back in time to the ancient world of Pompeii. Stroll through the cobblestone streets and marvel at the historic buildings, artefacts, and human remains hidden within. Learn about the past everyday lives of the people of Pompeii, seeing the differences and similarities to modern-day. Regardless of whether you are a history buff or simply following the crowds, you will certainly not be disappointed in the city of Pompeii.

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