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Unfinished vases found at Pompeii pottery workshop

Excavations taking place at a pottery workshop in Pompeii has led to the discovery of ten unfinished vases. The vases were found sealed under a layer of ash and pumice from Mount Vesuvius' devastating eruption of 79 A.D. and it appears they were just ready to be fired. They were dropped and

Technology deployed to save Pompeii

Ground sensors and satellites will be employed at the ancient city of Pompeii to help detect possible building collapses. Italian aerospace and defence giant Finmeccanica on Thursday said it was donating the technology to the culture ministry in a 1.7 million euro ($2.3 million) project entitled "Pompeii: Give it a Future". The

Fresco stolen from House of Neptune in Pompeii

A portion of a small fresco, depicting Artemis and Apollo has been chipped away and stolen from the House of Neptune in Pompeii. Citing an employee at the world's largest open-air museum, newspapers Il Mattino and Il Messaggero said the fresco portion, measuring roughly 20x20 cm, has been missing from the

Rains cause Pompeii tomb to collapse

Heavy rains in the ancient city of Pompeii have led to the collapse of a tomb wall in the necropolis of Porta Nocera. Officials said the wall of a tomb about 1.7 metres high and 3.5 metres long collapsed in the necropolis of Porta Nocera in the early hours of Sunday. That

Bad weather collapses wall at Pompeii

Heavy rain and wind have caused a wall to collapse by a major road in the ancient city of Pompeii. A series of collapses in Pompeii over the last month led Italian media to dub it a "Black November" for the ancient city, preserved under ash from a volcanic eruption in

$142-million restoration project begins at Pompeii

A $142-million conservation project has begun at the long-neglected city of Pompeii. The repairs are intended to reinforce and restore two Roman homes: the Croptoportico and the Casa dei Dioscuri. "It's a first small step to revamp the whole area," said European Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who inaugurated the project

Pompeii homes had upstairs toilets

Unfortunately, due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the second story of most Pompeii homes have been destroyed. However, vertical pipes leading upstairs suggest that many homes had upstairs toilets. One residential district, known to archaeologists as Region 6, does indeed have toilets on the ground story of

Ancient social networking in Pompeii

A study of graffiti found throughout the buried city of Pompeii suggest that ancient homeowners may have had control over who got to write on their walls. Apparently the walls of the wealthy were highly sought after, especially by political candidates who would write on them to drum up votes. Pompeii,