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This Pompeii Home
Stands Out From the Rest
Jan 11, 2023 12:42 PM CST
This Pompeii Home Stands Out From the Rest
House of the Vettii fully reopens to public after 20 years of restoration work
- Two men freed from enslavement came to live a life of luxury in ancient Pompeii. Now their ornate home, dubbed "Pompeii's Sistine Chapel," has fully opened to the public for the first time in 20 years. The House of the Vettii—built in the second century BC,...
Solves Pompeii Mystery
May 27, 2022 8:40 AM CDT
DNA Sequencing Solves Pompeii Mystery
Man who didn't try to flee had spinal condition, researchers say
- Scientists say they have fully sequenced the DNA of a Mount Vesuvius victim for the first time—and the genetic information explains why the Pompeii resident didn't flee the eruption nearly 2,000 years ago. According to research published in the journal
, the man's DNA sequence...
This Vesuvius Victim
Dec 2, 2021 9:50 AM CST
This Vesuvius Victim 'Vaporized Instantly'
First skeleton found at Herculaneum in decades is stained red by blood
- If you had to endure the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii might not have been the worst place to be. While Pompeii residents are believed to have suffocated in a cloud of ash and gases in just 15 minutes, before they were covered in volcanic debris, new excavations at...
Discovery Uncovers Look
at Slaves' Life in Pompeii
Nov 6, 2021 3:10 PM CDT
Discovery Uncovers Look at Slaves' Life in Pompeii
Room used for sleep and storage gives 'very rare insight' into slaves' conditions, Italian officials say
- Archeologists in Pompeii excavating a villa amid the ruins of the 79 AD volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient city have discovered a cramped dormitory and storage room that offers "a very rare insight into the daily life of slaves," officials said Saturday. Italy's culture minister, Dario...
Vesuvius Killed in Minutes
Mar 22, 2021 4:38 PM CDT
Vesuvius Killed in Minutes
Researchers say people of Pompeii couldn't escape cloud of ash and gases
- Vesuvius killed the 2,000 people of Pompeii quickly—in about 15 minutes, new research shows. They died not when lava reached them after the volcano erupted, but in a cloud of ash and gases, the
reports; the victims had no escape and were unable to breathe. Most of...
'Unique' Find Near Pompeii
Feb 27, 2021 1:35 PM CST
Archaeologists Make 'Unique' Find Near Pompeii
Officials were investigating an illegal dig site near the ancient Roman city
- Officials at the Pompeii archaeological site in Italy announced Saturday the discovery of an intact ceremonial chariot, the AP reports, one of several important discoveries made in the same area outside the park near Naples following an investigation into an illegal dig. The chariot, with its iron elements, bronze decorations...
Ancient Pompeii Street Food
Dec 27, 2020 9:00 AM CST
Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Pompeii Street Food
Snacks included pork, fish, snails, beef
- Archaeologists continue to unearth new findings in the long-buried city of Pompeii and their latest discovery reveals how the doomed ancients liked to snack. Per CNN , an extraordinarily well-preserved hot food and drinks counter called a termopolium has been unearthed in the city, which was buried by an infamous volcanic...
Look What Just
Turned Up in
Nov 21, 2020 11:20 AM CST
Look What Just Turned Up in Pompeii
'The victims were probably looking for shelter'
- Skeletal remains of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave attempting to escape death from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago have been discovered in Pompeii, officials at the archaeological park in Italy said Saturday. Parts of the skulls and...
15 Years Later, Tourist
Hopes Gesture Breaks 'Curse'
Oct 12, 2020 7:30 PM CDT
15 Years Later, Tourist Hopes Gesture Breaks 'Curse'
Woman returns Pompeii artifacts she lifted
- In 2005, a tourist took a few ancient artifacts that didn't actually belong to her back home to Canada. Things haven't always gone well for her in the intervening years. She "had breast cancer twice,” she said, the last time resulting in a double mastectomy. Her...
Study of Vesuvius Victim's
Skull Reveals a Surprise
in case you missed it
Jan 26, 2020 2:45 PM CST
Study of Vesuvius Victim's Skull Reveals a Surprise
Researchers say his brain turned to glass
- The eruption of Mount Vesuvius may have most famously destroyed Pompeii, but the nearby town of Herculaneum endured a similar fate. Now a new study suggests that at least one of the town's residents suffered a remarkable, if grisly, fate: His brain essentially turned to glass, reports Live Science...
Pompeii Gives Up a
'Sorcerer's Treasure Trove'
Aug 13, 2019 10:05 AM CDT
Pompeii Gives Up a 'Sorcerer's Treasure Trove'
So much for good-luck charms
- There was perhaps no better place for good-luck charms than Pompeii circa AD79. Too bad they didn't quite work. Archaeologists combing the ancient Roman city discovered dozens of charms within a "sorcerer's treasure trove," encased in hardened volcanic material from Mount Vesuvius' eruption that year, per...
Dec 24, 2018 12:32 AM CST
Harnessed Horse Unearthed in Pompeii Stable
General may have been preparing to flee
- Archaeologists have unearthed the petrified remains of a harnessed horse and saddle in the stable of an ancient villa in a Pompeii suburb. Pompeii archaeological park head Massimo Osanna tells the ANSA news agency that the villa belonged to a high-ranking military officer, perhaps a general, during ancient Roman times....
In Pompeii Bedroom,
Nov 19, 2018 4:21 PM CST
In Pompeii Bedroom, 'Explicit Sensuality'
Leda is shown being impregnated by god in swan form in newly uncovered fresco
- Archaeologists have found a fresco in an ancient Pompeii bedroom that depicts a sensual scene of the Roman god Jupiter, disguised as a swan, and a legendary queen of Sparta from Greek mythology. The figure of Leda being impregnated by the god in swan form was a fairly common home...
for Ancient Pompeii
Oct 16, 2018 1:00 PM CDT
Small Inscription, Big Consequence for Ancient Pompeii
Newly found writing on wall suggests Vesuvius eruption came 2 months later than thought
- A construction worker's ancient jotting on a wall might rewrite the history books. The wall scrawl suggests that the Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in October of AD79, two months later than historians have long believed, reports the BBC . Uncovered by archaeologists...
Pompeii Victim's Death
Not What It Seemed
Jul 2, 2018 10:35 AM CDT
Pompeii Victim's Death Not What It Seemed
It wasn't decapitation, but it was still pretty awful
- In reporting on the discovery of a centuries-old Pompeii victim in May, we wrote that it wasn't hard to figure out what killed the man: Archaeologists found a massive stone block, probably hurled by a volcanic cloud, severing the top part of his body. Now it turns out the...
by Rock Found
May 30, 2018 6:03 AM CDT
Victim Crushed by Rock Found at Pompeii
Bone infection slowed down his escape
- It's not hard to figure out what killed a man whose remains were recently discovered at Pompeii—there is a massive stone block, probably hurled by a volcanic cloud, crushing the top part of his body. Determining why he was there takes more expertise: Archaeologists say there are lesions...
'Extraordinary Find' Made
in Pompeii Bath House
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Apr 29, 2018 7:07 AM CDT
'Extraordinary Find' Made in Pompeii Bath House
Child's body is the first uncovered in decades
- Almost 2,000 years ago, a child sheltered in Pompeii's central bath house complex as nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted terrifyingly, spewing vast amount of hot ash and pumice. The child's body was undisturbed until this year, when archaeologists using ground-scanning tools were surprised to find it just inches...
Oct 2, 2015 12:37 PM CDT
Surprise Find: Pompeii Residents Had 'Perfect Teeth'
Also, study suggests many died from head injuries, not suffocation
- High-tech scans of Pompeii residents killed in the long-ago eruption of Mount Vesuvius have provided two revelations: They had amazing teeth, and many were killed by falling masonry and other objects—as opposed to the widely held theory that they were suffocated by ash. As for the first: Thank a...
in case you missed it
Sep 26, 2015 4:00 PM CDT
4 'Bystanders' Who Changed History Forever
Sometimes you're just in the right place at a significant time
- The people who were actively involved in historical events are important, of course—but in many cases, so are the bystanders, the witnesses, the people who just so happened to be in the right place at the right, or at least a significant, time. Ozy looks at six such people...
Sep 21, 2015 8:06 PM CDT
'Exceptional' Pompeii Find Predates City's Destruction
French archaeologists discover pre-Roman tomb
- The ancient city of Pompeii holds many treasures, but the most recent find hails to a time long before the city was destroyed. French archaeologists unexpectedly discovered an undisturbed pre-Roman tomb that dates to fourth century BC. The remains of an adult woman were inside, along with clay jars called...
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