Two-Story Houses With Balconies Unearthed In Ancient City Of Pompeii, Italy
AncientPages.com - The Local reports that an alley of two-story houses, with balconies has been unearthed in the ancient city of Pompeii. Italy.
"This type of find is a novelty for this area of Pompeii," a spokesperson for the archaeological site said in a statement shared to social media. "Almost two thousand years from the eruption of 79 AD, Pompeii continues to give us treasures."
Archaeologists say this is an interesting discovery not just for the color preservation, allowing future visitors to the site to see the houses almost exactly as the city's original residents did, but also because it is so unusual in Pompeii for upper floor of the houses to have been preserved.
Unlike nearby Herculaneum for example which was buried by volcanic ash from the ground up, Pompeii was buried from above. Located further from the volcano than Herculaneum, Pompeii was also buried in about four meter thick layer of debris. Herculaneum, on the other hand, was covered with more than 20 meters of debris.
Therefore, conservation of the upper floors was rarer.
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Excavations revealed a series of buildings with three large balconies and on one of them, there were found pots of wine lying on their side. Archaeologists say they were probably put out to dry in the sun.
The houses will be restored once the necessary works have been completed; first of all it’s important to stabilize walls at risk of collapse..
The Local informs that a week earlier, archaeologists were able to cast the complete figure of a horse for the first time ever at the site. Along with a pig and a dog, it is one of the few animals of any species to be successfully cast at Pompeii.
And a month earlier, an excavation uncovered the complete skeleton of a young child in a bathhouse long thought to have been fully excavated. That find was the first time a complete skeleton has been discovered at Pompeii in some 20 years, and the first time a child's remains have come to light in around half a century.