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Posted on 01/22/2008 8:51:36 AM PST by SunkenCiv
An ancient tannery in the archaeological complex of Pompeii, a city destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the first century, will be restored, officials said Monday.
The tannery -- discovered in the 19th century and excavated in the 1950s -- includes water pipes, 15 round tubs and the tannery manager's house, archaeological officials said. A drying area is also believed to have been part of the complex.
Restoration of the tannery, which is believed to be among the world's most ancient, is expected to start this year, the statement said.
No other information was immediately available.
Pompeii was destroyed in A.D. 79 by a cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that killed thousands of people and buried the city in 20 feet of volcanic ash. The ash preserved Pompeii for 1,600 years and provided precious information about what life was like in the ancient world.
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If they follow the original recipe it is going to make the down wind areas very nasty and the Greens very pissed.
This image of Pompeii unearthed seems unreal, unbelievable. Pliny the Elder was there at Pompeii back in the day. He had written a thirty seven volume treatise on the local world and its natural phenomena. He was out on the open water when the eruption started. I think he thought of it as luck. He could have turned toward safety. In an eyewitness report it was said that the great column of smoke was like an umbrella pine. He went toward the tremendous cloud and thought about trying to save some people. But then he apparently grew bored. Or hypnotized. Maybe some Vesuvian gas of some sort. The whole sky was blackened. Great stones were flailing down on the cities and towns. And in the midst of this Pliny got a blanket and went out under the bleak and stone dark heavens to take a nap. He slept. He died there. Some think he had a quiet heart attack.
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Pompeii was a spectacular glimpse into the past for me and taught me, among other things, immense respect for our ancestors.
It seems amazing any of us are here. :’) I don’t think there’s any site (actually, I guess it’s better to say sites, since there were four or five towns buried by the eruption) which was so buried by an eruption and left behind so much of the original, including some of the former inhabitants. Usually human remains were either pulled out by survivors (before or after death) or few in number (like the two or so who died when a building collapsed during an ancient earthquake at Kourion, or the Roman-era sailor and his dog found a few years ago at what used to be the harbor of Pisa).
:’) Pliny the Elder was an admiral I think, anyway, he was or at least felt responsible for the safe evacuation, went ashore, and may have succumbed to a wave of poisonous fumes rolling down from Vesuvius. Those with him ran for their lives. Seems like the eyewitness report was written by Pliny the Younger? Dunno.
Correct. Pliny the Younger, an eye witness to the eruption wrote of the events in a letter to Tacitus at the request of Tacitus. We do not have the original request, nor any work of Tacitus were Pliny's research was used.
Pliny's' uncle, the Elder Pliny was Admiral of the Roman fleet, launched rescue operations and died in the attempt. A heavy asthmatic, he was overcome by the fumes and died.
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