Monday, April 8, 2013

Gold of Pompeii

Gold of Pompeii


The city of Pompeii is a partially buried Roman town near modern Naples. Pompeii along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area were destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

Pompeii was lost for 1500 years until its rediscovery in 1599 and broader rediscovery almost 150 years later by the Spanish engineer, Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre in 1748. The objects that lay beneath the city have been well preserved for thousands of years.



A gold bracelet bears an inscription. On its inside face are the words dominus ancillae suae – from the master (dominus) to his slave-girl (ancilla).