Friday, 15 December 2017

The Ruins of Pompeii

In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the nearby city of Pompeii which gave us the most incredible archaeological site. Everything that was buried under the lava and ash was preserved for over a thousand years because of the lack of air and moisture. This meant that visiting the ruins was like stepping back in time and seeing how life was in a Roman city. During the excavation, plaster was used to fill in the spaces in the ash where the bodies lay so you could see exactly the position the person was in when he or she died. We were surprised to find a Pink Floyd exhibit underneath a section of the amphitheatre since they had used the acoustics to do some recording. The artwork on the walls is almost perfectly preserved and the courtyards look like somebody has just recently vacated them. We were told that most people just spend a few hours visiting the site but we found it needed way more time to be fully explored.

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