On August 24th 79, yes, over 1900 years ago, Mt. Vesuvius literally blew its top. Ash, pumice, and other particles were released into the air and covered most of southern Italy. No town was more impacted than the city of Pompeii. Once a thriving metropolis, Pompeii found itself and its population literally buried alive under 24 feet of ash and debris. There is actually written stories of an eyewitness, Pliny the younger. If you are so inclined, you can look for it online or at your local library to get a feel of what happened in Pompeii.
Although there was documentation that a city existed, Pompeii lay buried until 1748 when excavations began. The archeologists found amazing things. Bodies preserved in ash in protective positions, as if trying to ward off the attack of the volcano. Ovens with loaves of bread still in them, and even areas of restaurants, and plumbing. It is amazing how advanced this city seemed considering they were wiped out nearly 2000 years ago. We saw evidence of bathrooms, bathing area, even drainage and water movement.
Enjoy the pictures, I hope they can begin to show it's amazement. The place is huge and we barely made a dent in it. I would probably need at least a full day or two to see it all and we only had a couple hours. I will be back to finish my tour.
Looking over Pompeii from the parking lot
They are still excavating today
Probably held water or oil
I have no idea what it says
All the things they have found. There is a huge warehouse that shows you all the stuff they found and continue to find daily
That is how they found bodies, preserved in ash
In a protective pose
Another one trying to protect themselves
Our guide said this was a washing area
Artwork from 2000 years ago
Water or Oil holders
The big boulders in the street are defense against chariots
Oven. They found loaves of bread in here from eruption day.
For tying down animals
Bathtub or wash basin
Remeber, it's 2000 years old