New Pompeii excavations a revelation

 

Major new finds have been unveiled for Friday’s 270th anniversary of the discovery of the first remains of the ancient city of Pompeii buried by ash and rock following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The local archaeological authorities have marked the occasion by presenting major new excavations in the Regio V area launched under the auspices of the ongoing conservation project Great Pompeii. “Our aim was to resolve the instability of the excavation fronts in this area, which had a history of collapses,” said special superintendent for Pompeii Massimo Osanna. “The work involved the reshaping of this part of the archaeological site. Then when we started digging we found remains of public and private areas, gardens and porticoes that we did not think we would find. It is the most important dig in the post-war period,” he continued.

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