Skip to comments.Move Over, Pompeii
Posted on 08/10/2004 10:03:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
One of the world's best-preserved Bronze Age villages has been found at Nola, a few miles from Vesuvius, during routine tests before construction of a shopping center. A catastrophic eruption of the volcano, known to have taken place between 1800 and 1750 B.C., left this "Prehistoric Pompeii" in a state of remarkable preservation... Although much of the structure of the prehistoric huts was destroyed by the eruption, falling ash and volcanic mud hardened to create a kind of mold of the village in reverse, much like the casts of the victims of Vesuvius' more famous eruption. In addition to the remains of actual huts, which go far beyond the usual post holes, director Giuseppe Vecchio and his team have also excavated a rich array of finds that reveal much about domestic life at the time. Since Nola is only 7.5 miles from the volcano, people probably did not have time to pack before the eruption, and left behind cooking utensils, drinking cups, hunting tools, a hat decorated with wild boars' teeth, and a pot waiting to be fired in the kiln.
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Bronze-Age VeniceThere is evidence of stilt houses and drainage systems, and the settlements' small islets are separated by artificial canals whose edges were strengthened with vertical logs later replaced by squared timbers... The islets, joined by bridges, may have eventually been home to as many as 2,000 people and were enlarged several times over the centuries to accommodate the community's growing population. The remains of wooden huts, stands for dugout canoes, furnishings, as well as evidence of bronze and perhaps amber working, have also been found. The site was abandoned during sixth-century floods and mudslides, and scholars say it is possible that the deserters of Poggiomarino were, in fact, the founders of Pompeii.
by Jarrett A. Lobell
Can't wait for the National Geographic expose.
I think I've seen an aerial photo of an Etruscan site (n Italy) that was laid out like Venice, in a low spot, canals for streets. Pre-Roman Pisa may have been like that as well (there's a FR topic on that). Maybe it's an old practice in Italy.
Ingenuity knows no age (stone, bronze.....)
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Pompeii's Burial Not Its First Disaster
Science News | 11-27-2004 | Sid Perkins
Posted on 12/02/2004 7:17:13 PM EST by blam
Think Pompeii Got Hit Hard? Worse Eruptions Lurk
Yahoo - Reuters | 3-6-2006
Posted on 03/07/2006 2:10:23 PM EST by blam
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