Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Pompei Discovery For Swedish Archaeologists
The Local ^ | 4-17-2005

Posted on 04/17/2005 1:36:52 PM PDT by blam

Published: 17th April 2005 11:48 BST+1

Pompei discovery for Swedish archeologists

(AFP) Swedish archeologists have discovered a Stone Age settlement covered in ash under the ruins of the ancient city of Pompei, indicating that the volcano Vesuvius engulfed the area in lava more than 3,500 years before the famous 79 AD eruption.

The archeologists recently found burnt wood and grains of corn in the earth under Pompei, Anne-Marie Leander Touati, a professor of archeology at Stockholm University who led the team, told AFP.

"Carbon dating shows that the finds are from prehistoric times, that is, from 3,500 years BC," Leander Touati said. It was until now believed that Pompei was first inhabited during the Bronze Age.

The group of archeologists - part of a larger international project - were mapping a Roman neighbourhood of Pompei when they made the discovery.

"It was a real fluke," Leander Touati said, explaining that the group was emptying a well to determine its use when it made the find.

"We realized that the well was a lot deeper than we thought, and we sent a guy down into the well. He moved some of the earth and suddenly he was in prehistoric times," she said.

The Stone Age remains were covered in a thick layer of ash. On top of that a a layer of ceramic shards was found, which according to Leander Touati could be from the Bronze Age. Additional geological layers lay on top of that, and on top of it all were the ruins of Pompei.

Pompei was covered in lava when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The excellently preserved ruins have become one of the world's most visited archaeological sites.

Leander Touati said her group was now planning the next step.

"We're going down there again," she said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeologists; archaeology; bronzeage; catastrophism; discovery; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; italy; pompei; pompeii; prehistoricpompeii; swedish; vesuvius
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-51 next last

1 posted on 04/17/2005 1:36:56 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 04/17/2005 1:37:37 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam

Note to self - never live near volcanoes.


3 posted on 04/17/2005 1:39:39 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam

It must be a lovely spot, the volcano notwithstanding, to have attracted so many settlements through the ages.


4 posted on 04/17/2005 1:42:21 PM PDT by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam

I have always felt that in a previous life, I lived and died in Pompei when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. I am series.


5 posted on 04/17/2005 1:46:45 PM PDT by i_dont_chat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam

I wonder when Vesuvius is due to erupt again?


6 posted on 04/17/2005 1:48:45 PM PDT by Aetius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: i_dont_chat
I have always felt that in a previous life, I lived and died in Pompei when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. I am series.

Nobody's ever reported living and dying in The Bronx in a previous life. It's always someplace famous and cool.

Mysterious, huh?

7 posted on 04/17/2005 1:49:22 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: All

Discovery Channel: BUT IN 4 YEARS THE SUPER VOLCANO IS GOING TO GET EVERYONE!


8 posted on 04/17/2005 1:50:31 PM PDT by el_doctor2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: blam

I didn't do it.


9 posted on 04/17/2005 1:51:45 PM PDT by Vesuvian ((insert something witty here))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #10 Removed by Moderator

To: Hank Rearden

Not only that, all the people I know who "recover" past lives just happened to be kings or queens in those glamorous places. Nobody ever claims to have been an apprentice tanner with bad acne, living in hickville...


11 posted on 04/17/2005 1:53:57 PM PDT by A. Goodwin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: blam
Re: "...discovered a Stone Age settlement covered in ash under the ruins of the ancient city of Pompei, indicating that the volcano Vesuvius engulfed the area in lava..."

Now that is what I call global warming! Funny I didn't know the oil and gas industrial complex was around that far back.

Live and learn.
12 posted on 04/17/2005 1:57:03 PM PDT by Mark in the Old South (Sister Lucia of Fatima pray for us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aetius
"I wonder when Vesuvius is due to erupt again?"

Probably before Jan. 20, 2009...That so it will be Bush's fault

13 posted on 04/17/2005 2:00:55 PM PDT by el_texicano
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: blam
Pompei was covered in lava when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD

Pompeii was NOT covered in lava but rather in ash.Lava would have destroyed completely all that neat stuff which renders the place a well stocked museum.

14 posted on 04/17/2005 2:01:23 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: William Creel

In my previous lives, I was a drunk. So in my present life, I only drink on weekends or weekdays.


15 posted on 04/17/2005 2:09:12 PM PDT by Founding Father (Another pearl of wisdom from my imaginary mind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Bahbah
It must be a lovely spot, the volcano notwithstanding ...

One of the most beautiful in the world.

16 posted on 04/17/2005 2:18:34 PM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: el_doctor2
BUT IN 4 YEARS THE SUPER VOLCANO IS GOING TO GET EVERYONE!

Did they actually state that or are you making that up?

17 posted on 04/17/2005 2:20:38 PM PDT by Netizen (USA - Land of the free, home of the brave, where the handicapped are legally starved and dehydrated!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: A. Goodwin
Nobody ever claims to have been an apprentice tanner with bad acne, living in hickville...

I read some book a long time back and the woman was supposed to have been a prostitute in the old west! Not exactly glamorous. Didn't say if she had ance though.

18 posted on 04/17/2005 2:22:38 PM PDT by Netizen (USA - Land of the free, home of the brave, where the handicapped are legally starved and dehydrated!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Hank Rearden
Nobody's ever reported living and dying in The Bronx in a previous life. It's always someplace famous and cool.

They never remember being a slave in a salt mine either. They're always Cleopatra or Ceasar.
19 posted on 04/17/2005 2:23:05 PM PDT by seowulf
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Netizen

Discovery ran a "Documentary" It was more like something from the producer of the day after tomarrarow. In it, Yellowstone became a super volcano and destroyed half the world.

The headline was... "This is a true story it just hasnt happened yet"


20 posted on 04/17/2005 2:26:39 PM PDT by el_doctor2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-51 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson