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Pompeii Discoveries

The city of Pompeii, buried by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD, was rediscovered in the late 16th century. Early excavations were really more of a treasure hunt than what we would call archaeology today, but more organized digs continued from the 18th century until about one hundred years ago. The site, a city that was once home to more than 20,000 people, is huge and only about two-thirds of it has been uncovered. Very little new digging took place during the 20th century – most of the past century has been about trying to preserve and protect the the buildings, objects, and frescos that were uncovered in earlier excavations.

That all changed this year, and archaeologists are exploring new areas. Some of the most recent finds include:

As well as a few finds that I mentioned earlier in the year.

Etna acting up

Sicily's Mount Etna has been spewing small amounts of lava and ash for years. A recent, larger eruption was accompanied by more than 130 earthquakes, one measuring 4.8 magnitude.

Travel Thought for the Week

“Ah, what is more blessed than to put care aside, when the mind lays down its burden, and spent with distant travel, we come home again and rest on the couch we longed for?”

– Catullus, Roman poet (c. 87 - 54 BC)

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