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The Fascinating Recent Discoveries About The Lost City Of Pompeii

By Freddie's Lost TreasuresPublished 9 months ago 5 min read
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Pompeii, the ancient Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, continues to captivate the imaginations of people worldwide. And thanks to recent discoveries, we now have an even deeper understanding of this historic city and its inhabitants.

One of the most significant findings happened in July 2018 when a new section of Pompeii was discovered. Dubbed “Regio V,” this area has revealed an enormous treasure trove of artifacts, paintings, and buildings. One of the most impressive discoveries was a bathhouse, complete with changing rooms, a cold water plunge, and a large hot tub. The bath house’s vibrant and detailed frescoes depict stunning mythological scenes and sports games, hinting at Pompeii’s lively society. Archaeologists believe that this bath house could have been a part of a more extensive residential complex and can say the uncovering this bathhouse changed the beliefs of what life was like in Regio V.

In December 2018, archaeologists made another significant discovery — the remains of five harnessed horses and a small chariot. This chariot was found in excellent condition and was almost completely intact. This discovery has been a momentous find because previously, the only thing historians knew of chariots came from wall paintings. This colorful example is the first complete vehicle that archaeologists have found in Pompeii.

In September 2020, a significant discovery provided an exciting insight into the lives of Pompeii’s merchants. Seven hundred fifty honeycomb-shaped terracotta tiles were found in the city’s Triangular Forum, an area where commercial transactions took place. The tiles were used in ancient times as weights to balance scales used to measure goods. This discovery provides valuable evidence of the commercial activities that took place in Pompeii.

In January 2021, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) located an outstanding discovery near Pompeii’s Porta Sarno gate. The research team found many artifacts, including ceramics, gold jewelry, and even fossilized fruits, providing a new perspective on life in Pompeii.

The new discoveries and research continue to provide new information on the people and their way of life in Pompeii. Advances in the technology used to study Pompeii will offer further insights into the lost city and its inhabitants. These recent discoveries show that there are still lots to learn about this historic city, and there is good reason to believe that more exciting new finds will come to light in the future.

Pompeii is a city that has captured the imaginations of people for centuries, and it is easy to see why. The vast collection of ruins and artifacts that have been uncovered in the past century provide us with a unique window into the everyday lives of the people who lived there 2,000 years ago.

One of Pompeii’s most impressive aspects is its sheer size. The city was substantial, encompassing more than 60 hectares, and had a population of roughly 11,000 people at the time of its destruction. The size of the city indicates that it was an important center of commerce and trade, and its strategic location on the Bay of Naples provided access to the sea and made it a critical port.

Excavations at Pompeii began in the 18th century, but it wasn’t until the past few decades that archaeologists have been able to use new technology and techniques to uncover new discoveries. Advances in digital technology, for instance, have allowed researchers to create detailed 3D models of the ruins that can be used to study the city more accurately.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Pompeii is how well-preserved many of the buildings and artifacts are to this day. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried the city under a layer of ash and pumice, effectively preserving it in time until excavations revealed it once again. The ash acted as a natural preservative, allowing frescoes, mosaics, and other artifacts to remain intact for centuries.

The ruins of Pompeii offer a wealth of insights into the life of ancient Romans. The city’s public spaces and buildings provide us with glimpses into the social and political structures of the time, while the more personal objects and artifacts found in private homes offer glimpses into the daily lives of the city’s inhabitants. For example, the well-preserved frescoes suggest that Pompeii’s elites had a great appreciation for art and aesthetics.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Pompeii is the sheer range of workshops and businesses found throughout the city. Archaeologists have uncovered numerous bakeries, wineries, and garages, providing us with a glimpse into the daily routines of people in ancient Roman times. For instance, the remains of the bakery in Pompeii provide significant insights into the Roman diet, including the types of bread and pastries that were commonly consumed.

As technological advancements continue to be made, new discoveries in Pompeii are likely to be uncovered. It is even possible that scientists will eventually be able to use DNA analysis to reveal more about the genetics of the city’s inhabitants and their diets.

While Pompeii is undoubtedly one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, it is also a site that raises many questions. For example, why didn’t the city’s inhabitants flee when they realized that Mount Vesuvius was erupting? It is possible that they didn’t fully understand the threat posed by the volcano, or that they were simply unable to escape due to the speed with which the eruption occurred.

Another question is how much of the city was really preserved by the eruption. While many buildings and artifacts have been found in surprisingly good condition, it is also true that much of the city was destroyed by the eruption. Additionally, the city was inhabited for several centuries before its destruction, which means it is likely that many original buildings and artifacts were lost over time.

Pompeii is a city that has captured people’s imaginations for centuries, and it remains an important site for archaeologists and historians to this day. As new methods of investigation continue to be developed, it is likely that we will continue to uncover new insights into the lives of the ancient Romans who lived there. Whether you are interested in history, archaeology, or simply enjoy exploring fascinating places, Pompeii is definitely a must-see destination.

Sources:

• “The Archaeological Site of Pompeii” by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/829/)

• “Pompeii” by Allison Emmerson in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics (https://oxfordre.com/classics/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.001.0001/acrefore-9780199381135-e-4584)

• “Pompeii: Exploring a Roman Ghost Town” by Paul Connolly in BBC Culture (https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20211013-pompeii-exploring-a-roman-ghost-town)

• “Pompeii and Herculaneum: Past and Present” by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/pompeii-and-herculaneum/C6270D194C5376CDFD7FB1E1D5818651)

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A traveler in search of lost and hidden treasures. I have assembled a lifelong learning of being in the business world and decided to take a leap to see what is outside the confines of brick and mortar and left the 9 to 5 behind.

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