What Was Found in Pompeii When It Was Rediscovered?

The historic City of Pompeii is famous throughout the world. The preserved city filled with ancient buildings and artefacts is a window into the historic life of Italy.

Pompeii was a flourishing place before its tragic demise. Known as the holiday spot for rich Romans, bursting with expensive luxuries such as fashion, art, and brothels. The city’s life was cut short after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Waves of ash and gas destroyed all life within Pompeii, burying the buildings and streets in a thick layer of volcanic ash that solidified into stone; resulting in the city to simply vanish from the world.

The city was hidden for decades, fading from memory until the rediscovery in 1599. Hundreds of years past after this initial discovery, with a large investigation starting after workers building a summer palace for the King of Naples discover part of the ruins in the 1700s. The city re-emerged from the darkness, with royals plundering the area for ancient decorations suitable for their palaces. It was not until the 1800s that archaeologists studied the area correctly, beginning the longest continually excavated site in the world.

The People of Pompeii

The most shocking discovery by far is the preserved bodies of the 2000 victims of Pompeii. Although their physical bodies were destroyed or decayed over time, their skeletons remained intact, leaving the negatives of each body. There are many plaster casts of the bodies on display, with theories surrounding each body’s past life.

The Buildings

Temples, shops, cafes, bathhouses and homes have all been discovered in the city. One of the biggest findings was the city’s amphitheatre, so big it could house 2000 people effortlessly. The buildings can illustrate the Pompeii’s historic life, showing the wealth, the class separation, and everyday habits of the city’s citizens.

The Art

Despite the theft of a lot of significant artefacts, a large portion of art still lies within the city’s walls. With preserved frescos, sculptures, bowls, jewelry, and even ancient graffiti. The city’s preserved frescos and mosaics scattering the city are one of the most visited sections. With brilliant colours unfaded from age, illustrating myths, erotica, religion, sport, or war.

The Unique Objects

There are some discoveries which have made archaeologists jaw’s drop. Strange artefacts that are a haunting reminder of the fascinating and developed city of Pompeii was. Such artefacts include the Cave Canem mosaic. A mosaic displayed on a home’s outside wall, translating to ‘beware of the dog’ in Latin. This is just one of the dog signs found throughout the area, a strange thing to see in ancient times! Another fascinating unearthing was the findings of a giraffe bone. It is the only giraffe bone found in Roman Italy, illustrating Pompeii’s prosperous choice in exotic foods.

What Can You See Now?

Pompeii is open for tourists and draws thousands of travellers from around the world every year. Be transported back in time as you stroll the cobblestone streets and marvel at the historic beauty. Pompeii has created a modern-day understanding and appreciation for the great Roman civilization of the past. See all the significant attractions of the region on one of Pompeii enlightening tours offer.

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