270 years since the remains of the ancient city of Pompeii were first discovered, archaeologists continue to make incredible discoveries that help understand the history and faith of an ancient city devoured by a Volcanic eruption.
Pompeii was a city of Ancient Rome located along with Herculaneum and other smaller places in the region of Campania, near the modern city of Naples.
It was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Its inhabitants died due to the pyroclastic flow. In its vicinity rises the modern city of Pompeii.
Archaeologists believe that the town was founded in the 7th or 6th century BC by the Osci or Oscans. It was ruled by Rome in the 4th century BC and was conquered and became a Roman colony in 80 BC after it joined an unsuccessful rebellion against the Roman Republic.
By the time of its destruction, 160 years later, its population was estimated at 11,000 people, and the city had a complex water system, an Amphitheatre, a gymnasium, and a port.
Now, we are seeing more news about Pompeii than ever before.
Current archaeological excavations in Regio V, in the northern area of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, the most important in an unexplored area of the ancient city since the postwar period, have brought to light a new wonder: the House of the Dolphins, an elegant Pompeian residence with brightly colored frescoes, which resisted the violent eruption of Vesuvius in the summer of 79 AD. The House of Dolphins probably belonged to an upper-class Roman family in ancient Pompeii.
The House of Dolphins was discovered just a few days after an alleyway of grand houses with mostly intact balconies was found by archaeologists nearby.
Earlier this months, a number of newspapers reported that in the northern parts of Pompeii, archaeologists were working on excavating an entirely new area of the city that had never before been studied.
Using lasers and drones, experts explained that they were hopeful that these modern tools would help them reconstruct the Regio V area so that tourists in the near future could explore it.
Regio V is one of the most densely urbanized areas of Pompeii, currently subject to the excavation and study of archaeologists.
In addition to discovering a number of Dolphin drawings, the house’s frescoes also show several other fish and a number of birds, including a peacock, a partridge, and a parrot.
Deer and mythical creatures are also depicted, making the ‘house of Dolphins’ a unique and refreshing discovery at Pompeii.
Today, Pompeii is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to Italy and has UNESCO World Heritage status.
Images by: Sergio Siano/Archaeological site of Pompeii.