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Discoveries at Pompeii Suggest Another Natural Disaster Made Vesuvius Eruption Even More Deadly

The tragic demise of Pompeii’s inhabitants during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD has long been attributed mainly to volcanic causes such as ashfall and hot gases. However, recent research indicates this may not be the full story. Volcanologists, geologists, and anthropologists have shifted their focus to the potential impact of concurrent earthquakes. […]

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A Roman Tomb Discovered in Pompeii Reveals the Existence of an Unknown Imperial Position in Northern Hispania

A brilliant military career, then a pleasant retirement in Pompeii, in the Campanian city famous for the beauty of the landscape and the views of the Gulf of Naples, which also attracted figures like Cicero and Agrippa. This is what emerges from the inscription on a tomb found during the work to create a functional […]

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Sacellum where Rituals were Performed with a Ceremonial Chariot Discovered in Pompeii

In the Civita Giuliana area, north of the ancient city of Pompeii, a large residence called Villa Imperiali had already been identified at the beginning of the 20th century. Since 2017 and then in 2019, thanks to an understanding protocol signed with the Torre Annunziata Prosecutor’s Office, the Archaeological Park of Pompeii has launched excavation […]

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Carpenter’s Tools Found in a Room in the Villa of Civita Giuliana in Pompeii

This is the latest discovery in the servile neighborhood of the villa of Civita Giuliana, scientifically investigated since 2017, when it was rescued from clandestine excavators thanks to an agreement between the Pompeii Archaeological Park and the Torre Annunziata Prosecutor’s Office: a room, exceptionally well-preserved like the other two discovered in the same sector with […]

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“Sacrarium” with Paintings Depicting Allegories of the Seasons, Agriculture, and Pastoralism, Discovered in Pompeii

Recent excavation work in Pompeii by archaeologist Gabriel Zuchtriegel and his team has uncovered a room interpreted as a sacrarium, whose walls are decorated with allegorical figures representing the seasons of the year and agricultural and pastoral activities. The discovery of this sacrarium should be understood in the broader context of the social and cultural […]

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Children’s Graffiti Found in Pompeii with Scenes of Fighting, Ball Games and Boats

In the excavations at the House of the Colonnaded Cenaculum in Pompeii, archaeologists have discovered a series of graffiti and drawings that, given the simplicity of execution, the naivety of the strokes, and the simplifications of the iconographic schemes, appear to have been executed by a child’s hand. The drawings were found on the long […]

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Remains of a Mat-Making Workshop and a Restaurant Found at Pompeii

Recent excavations at the building complex of Insula I 14, 1/11-14 in Pompeii have revealed evidence of a mat-making workshop. The team of the Pompeii I.14 Project, a collaboration between Tulane University and the Parco Archeologico di Pompei, has been systematically excavating this area since 2022, uncovering the different phases of development of this sector […]

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Spectacular Frescoes Depicting Scenes Related to the Trojan War Discovered in Pompeii

The archaeological excavation initiated in 2023 in Insula 10 of Regio IX in Pompeii has uncovered two interconnected houses facing Via di Nola, adorned with frescoes in their interiors. Frescoes and mosaics depicting mythological themes related to the Trojan War, such as Paris and Helen, and Apollo and Cassandra, were found within them, framed by […]

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Discoveries in a Pompeii Domus Reveal Tools and Materials Used by the City’s Stonemasons

The latest excavations in Pompeii reveal, as archaeologists explain in the excavation journal, interesting aspects about life and construction techniques of the time. An extraordinary example of this is found in the archaeological exploration of Insula IX-10, which is shedding new light on the processes and materials used by Pompeian stonemasons during the city’s final […]