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NoticePompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, Oplontis and Boscoreale were lost to the world in late August AD79 to lie hidden for almost 1800 years, a time capsule of Roman life in the first century AD.

This website provides details on:

  • the story of their destruction and re-discovery
  • the history of the region
  • the daily life of the people
  • an in-depth look at what can be seen today
  • links to other related sites

Location


The excavations at Pompeii are located just west of present day Pompei, while Herculaneum is situated in the modern town of Ercolano. Both these sites have excellent connections by road and rail with Naples, Sorrento and neighbouring towns. The other sites discussed here, including those at Stabiae, Oplontis and Boscoreale are all within easy reach. Their location can be found by use of the map below. As a glance at the map shows, Vesuvius looms large over all these towns.


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Latest News


Ancient theatre masks re-discovered in Pompeii .....................July 21, 2009AD79 - Year of Destruction - AD79
set of 15 life-size masks, reminiscent of ancient Roman drama, have been re-discovered in Pompeii after being forgotten for over two centuries.
(Rosella Lorenzi, Discovery News).


Marble relief uncovered in Herculaneum .........................February 18, 2009
AD79 - Year of Destruction - AD79
marble relief displaying Dionysiac scenes was discovered in Herculaneum in a large room with fourth style decoration in a partly excavated residence in the so-called northwest insula.
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Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei).


300th anniversary of the Rediscovery../........................December 10, 2008Letter 'N'
aples plays host to a series of events to mark next year's 300th anniversary of the rediscovery of the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum.
(BBC News - Europe).


Italy declares Pompeii Emergency ..............................................July 4, 2008
Letter 'P'
ompeii has fallen into such disrepair that the Italian government has declared a "state of emergency" in a bid to save the ruins.
(BBC News - Europe).


Roman Throne found in Herculaneum ............................December 5, 2007Letter T
he remains of a Roman throne have been found in the ruins of Herculaneum. The remains were found buried 25m (82 ft) below ground, near the Villa dei Papyri.
(BBC News in Pictures).


Excavations at the Villa of the Papyri to Resume ............
October 24, 2007
Letter Archeologists have resumed their search for a library of Greek and Latin masterpieces thought to lie under volcanic rock at the ancient Roman site of Herculaneum.
(Richard Owen, The Times).


Painted Roman Sculpture Found ............................................March 25, 2006Letter T
he head of a female warrior was retrieved this week from the debris of a collapsed escarpment at Herculaneum, the seaside resort for the rich and powerful of ancient Rome that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79.
(Richard Owen, The Times).


Rare Pompeii Silver Unveiled .....................................................July 19, 2005AD79 - Year of Destruction - AD79
magnificent 20-piece Roman silver dinner service was displayed publicly for the first time since its owners fled the eruption of AD79. Discovered in a wicker basket five years ago, it is now restored and will be displayed in the National Archeological Museum of Naples in 2006.
(David Willey, BBC News).


Battle for the Books of Herculaneum .........................................May 22, 2005
Letter The popular author, Robert Harris, joins academics in the controversy over whether to resume excavations at the Villa of the Papyri or to leave the site for future generations to explore.
(Peter Popham, Sunday Independent).

Villa of the Papyri Recent Updates
Villa Imperiale
Added the Villa Imperiale with plan, text and photographs.

Pompeii - Public Buildings
Amalgamated 'Public Buildings' and 'Temples' under one heading.

The City Gates
Added a section on the gates with details on individual gates.

House of the Moralist
Added plan and revised text to give a more detailed description.

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