Saturday, October 17, 2009

Herculaneum

I am a history buff. If you are a real lover of history, Herculaneum is just the thing that will make you pee in your pants.In 79 AD, Mt. Vesuvius erupted. As most of you know, it buried Pompeii. What most of you don't know is it also buried Herculaneum. Although the buried city of Herculaneum was rediscovered first in 1738, it was largely abandoned when Pompeii was rediscovered in 1748. Archeologist preferred Pompeii because it was easier to excavate. Excavation restarted in Herculaneum only in the 20th century. This was really good (at least for you and me) because Herculaneum is a sight to behold! The excavated part is smaller than Pompeii but its preservation is exquisite. Under the modern town of Erculano, the ancient city of Herculaneum remains buried.
The picture above is a terracotta jar shop. It is so well preserved. Even the wood beams holding the jars on display are original. They found it like that. It was so exciting.
This next picture is of a house. Look at the how the wall paintings and the marble decorations are preserved. They have such grand tastes. Most of the walls are red.
This impressed me a lot. 2000 years ago, the Romans already have monuments like we have today.When they excavated Herculanum, archeologist found it strange that there were no dead people (unlike in Pompeii). The city was deserted. They assumed that the population managed to escape. This was until archeologists excavated the docks. There they found a lot of dead bodies. Most of the dead are localized in one room. The people of Herculanum were trying to escape by boat. Some did not make it.

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