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Gli Scavi di Pompei
The Pompeii Excavations
A Time Capsule From The Year 79 A.D.,  by Claudia

The volcano Monte Vesuvio - Mount Vesuviuserupted in the year 79 A.D. during the reign of Roman Emperor Titus.  He was Emperor for only three years (79 - 81 A.D.) but during that short time, two historic events occurred:  the eruption of Vesuvius and the completion of the Colosseum (il Colosseo) in Rome.  In Italian, this emperor was called l'Imperatore Tito.

In 79 A.D.,  the two small towns of Pompeii (Pompei) and Herculaneum (Ercolano) and all the villas in the surrounding countryside were completely buried under volcanic ash.   It was a violent, pyroclastic eruption and it must have been terrifying for the people.  In Italian, this type of eruption is called una colata piroclastica.
Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii
Centuries passed by and the area of Pompeii and Herculaneum lay forgotten and hidden metres underground.  Then, in 1709,  some coloured marble was discovered during building-work.   It was part of the buried theatre of Herculaneum.   This was a historic discovery and the beginning of excavations in the area.  The time capsule had been opened!

Here is my photo album of when I visited Pompeii....
Pompei entrance.jpg

This is an archway leading onto a road.  I am trying to imagine what kind of shopping you could do here 2000 years ago.   The photo of urns and pots makes me wonder who were the last people to use those items.   Which families did they belong to?  What did they contain?

Pompei urns.jpg
Pompei stairs.jpg

Here is a stairway.   Where did it lead to?   Two thousand years ago, people walked up and down those stairs.   I am trying to imagine what those people looked like and how were they dressed. 

There are archways and pillars nearby.   It is amazing to think that these structures remain standing after the catastrophic eruption of 79 A.D.   Who could have ever thought that I would be viewing the same stairs that were viewed by the building's ancient residents!  They obviously had very good builders 2000 years ago!   

Vesuvio table.jpg

Just look at that table!  Mia mamma would love to have that in her house!  In my opinion, furniture hasn't changed all that much.  The table looks like something you would find in an antique shop.

Pompei town view 4.jpg

Here is a view of some buildings.  It is really excellent bricklaying to have survived that terrible eruption.  In the distance you can see the dark silhouette of il Vesuvio.  I hope he's sorry for the destruction he caused!