The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum was many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 13 to 20 feet of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. By the time of its destruction, its population was approximately 11,000 persons, and the city had a complex water system, amphitheater, gymnasium and a port.
The objects that lay beneath the city have been well preserved for centuries because of the lack of air and moisture. The artifacts provide an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the Pax Romana.
The blocks in the road allowed pedestrians to cross the street without having to step onto the road itself which doubled up as Pompeii’s drainage and sewage disposal system. The spaces between the blocks allowed the vehicles to pass along the road.
During the excavation, plaster was used to fill the voids between the ash layers that once held human bodies. This allowed one to see the exact position of the person was in when he or she died. Creepy…but fascinating.
The original pizza oven… 😉
Mr. P and I in the Pompeii amphitheatre taking the last selfie of our Italy trip.