More news from Pompeii.
Archaeologists reveal their newest discoveries made in the ancient city of Pompeii, including 2,000-year-old frescoes and terracotta vases that were buried after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.
Mount Vesuvius, located on the west coast of Italy, is the only active volcano in continental Europe and is thought to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the surface of the planet.
The eruption that occurred in 79 AD sent out a lethal combination of toxic sulfurous gas and hundreds of tons of volcanic ash that buried the cities of Pompeii, Oplontis, and Stabiae in a matter of hours.
However, archaeologists are working hard to recover as much as possible. And their hard work is paying off.
Among the ashes that covered the city of Pompeii after the eruption of Vesuvius, an impressive archeological treasure trove has emerged, decorated with frescoes from the first ornamental style of the city, buried for two millennia.
The new discoveries were made in the Regio V area, where experts and archaeologists are performing excavation works hoping to recover as much of the city’s history as possible.
One of the most prominent discoveries was made in the House of Jupiter, which emerged after remaining hidden for more than two millennia.
The house of Jupiter—Cada di giove—was partially excavated in the 18th and 19th centuries. However, archaeologists have now discovered more frescos and ornate remains that help us understand what day to day life was in the city thosuadns of years ago.
According to experts, the recently uncovered 2,000-year-old works of art are very well preserved, despite having survived one of the most catastrophic eruptions in written history.
The house of Jupiter is believed to have belonged to a wealthy and educated man from Ancient Rome.
‘The rooms in the back, reserved for the family, had been restored with more contemporary decor’, said the director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, Massimo Osanna.
Mr. Osanna told Italian news outlet ANSA: ‘The Domus had ‘vintage’ decoration in the first Pompeian style.
‘The owner must have been wealthy and cultured, aware of the value of painting’.
Within Cada di Giovo, archeologists found an impressive array of terracotta lion heads, a number of coins, glass objects as well as roof tiles contianing trademarks.
According to reprts, excavations will continue at least until 2020.