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Good Morning Everyone,

Everyone who visits the Naples area of Italy wants to see Pompeii but, for me, Herculaneum is an even bigger attraction,

Herculaneum's fate runs parallel to that of Pompeii, destroyed by an earthquake in AD 62 and the AD 79 eruption of Mt Vesuvius saw it submerged. The particular circumstances of the burial of Herculaneum, unlike those of Pompeii, led to the formation over the city of a compact mass of tufaceous material about 50 to 60 feet (15 to 18 metres) deep. Although this layer made excavation very difficult, it preserved Herculaneum and prevented tampering and looting. The special conditions of ground humidity made possible the conservation of wooden frameworks of houses, wooden furniture, the hull of a sizeable boat, pieces of cloth, and food (carbonised loaves of bread left within ovens).

The difficulties of excavation at Herculaneum compared with Pompeii, meant that, Pompeii was the city concentrated upon and advertised to the world. However, in recent years, much more work has been undertaken at Herculaneum with amazing results.

My photograph shows the appearance of the partially excavated city and you can appreciate its depth below ground level. (It has been estimated that less than a fifth of the city is visible, yet!)

What a place to explore!
I will add w/s to reveal closer details here and here .

Enjoy your day, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9401 W: 371 N: 21779] (85606)
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