‘Alley of balconies’ uncovered at Pompeii in rare find

A team of archaeologists at Pompeii has uncovered an alleyway of grand houses, with balconies left mostly intact and still in their original hues.

“This type of find is a novelty for this area of Pompeii,”a spokesperson for the archaeological site said in a statement shared to social media. “Almost two thousand years from the eruption of 79 AD, Pompeii continues to give us treasures.”

The discovery is unusual not just for the colour preservation, which will allow visitors to the site to see the houses almost exactly as the city’s original residents did, but also because it is so unusual in Pompeii for upper storeys to have been preserved.

This is because the city was buried from above, unlike nearby Herculaneum for example which was buried by volcanic ash from the ground up. Located further from the volcano than Herculaneum, Pompeii was also buried in a less thick layer of debris (four metres on average, compared to over 20 in Herculaneum), which meant conservation of the upper floors was rarer.

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