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'Bronze Age Pompeii' Found In Italy
Discovery ^ | 12-03-2001

Posted on 12/06/2001 6:52:22 AM PST by blam

'Bronze Age Pompeii' Found in Italy

Dec. 3 — Italian archaeologists have discovered one of the world's best-preserved prehistoric villages, a "Bronze Age Pompeii" that was buried in volcanic ash near the world-famous Roman city almost 4,000 years ago.

The ancient settlement was overwhelmed by volcanic flow when Mount Vesuvius erupted around 1800 B.C., smothering the village near present-day Nola in southern Italy many centuries before Pompeii suffered the same fate. "This is by far the best-preserved prehistoric village in Italy and one of the best in the world. Everyday life in the ancient Bronze Age is preserved there," Giuseppe Vecchio, the director of the excavation, told Reuters.

Vecchio discovered the village north of Vesuvius while doing routine tests to grant a company a license to build a shopping center and underground parking lot on the site. But the cross sections of the earth revealed part of an ancient pottery kiln.

"It was a complete surprise, a really extraordinary find," he said.

While much of the original structures, especially the wood beams of huts, was destroyed, the original forms are preserved in molds made of volcanic ash and mud.

"For the first time we can see things about prehistoric life that we had only imagined," Vecchio said. "People didn't have time to grab their things when they fled, so we can see what they ate, how they cooked, what social life was like."

Explorations so far have revealed three huts up to 26 feet high, pots full of grains, sheep bones, a cage holding the bones of pregnant goats and hunting and cooking tools made from other bones.

Archaeologists expect to find more dwellings. At most sites around Europe, all that is left of Bronze Age villages are holes in the ground where huts used to stand.

No human remains have been found at Nola, unlike at Pompeii, which was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., killing an estimated 2,000 people and freezing the once-bustling commercial town under a sea of ash.

Archaeologists at Nola hope to complete their excavations in the next couple of months. They plan to reconstruct the village at a nearby archaeological museum and possibly open the site to tourists.

"This is a prehistoric Pompeii, the Pompeii of the ancient Bronze Age," said Salvatore Nappo, an archaeological consultant and Pompeii expert. "It will teach us about the period, but also shows that the area has been inhabited for thousands of years."

Other late Bronze Age period villages have also been discovered in the area, although they were not preserved in volcanic ash the way the Nola site was. Archaeologists believe one nearby settlement was destroyed by a flood.

Today, a giant pool of magma still lies beneath Vesuvius and extends at least 400 square kilometers under some of Italy's scenic coastline, making a fresh eruption possible at any time. The last major eruption of the imposing volcano, which overshadows Naples, was in March 1944, as Allied troops landed in Italy during World War Two.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2ndmillenniumbc; bronzeage; godsgravesglyphs; italy; nola; pompeii; prehistoricpompeii; prehistory; vesuvius

1 posted on 12/06/2001 6:52:22 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
And they're still living under Mt. Etna today...Kind of takes the wind out of the sails for the Earth first arguments.
3 posted on 12/06/2001 7:08:27 AM PST by TADSLOS
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To: Romulus; JudyB1938; sawsalimb; RightWhale; rightofrush
FYI
4 posted on 12/06/2001 7:11:43 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
BTTT
5 posted on 12/06/2001 7:16:18 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: blam; Victoria Delsoul; Ernest_at_the_Beach; callisto
Bump!


6 posted on 12/06/2001 7:17:53 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Very interesting. Thanks.
7 posted on 12/06/2001 7:48:14 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: blam
Sounds like those people got out of there in time. Not like the partyers at Pompeii who had plenty of warning but decided they were invincible.
8 posted on 12/06/2001 8:41:19 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: blam
Wow, this is fascinating. I've had a fixation with archeology in that area since visiting Pompeii in May. It's something I'll never forget. I highly recommend everyone see it at least once in your lifetime. Especially now that flights to Europe cost about the same as a McDonald's happy meal.


9 posted on 12/06/2001 9:21:22 AM PST by tdadams
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To: blam; Sabertooth
"This is a prehistoric Pompeii, the Pompeii of the ancient Bronze Age,"

An Amazing find!

Thanks for posting the article .

Sabertooth , thanks for the flag.

I was looking thru the "Topic List" for a category that this type of article might fit in.

There is a "History" but that is pretty broad.

I think we need a name for this kind of material , any ideas?

10 posted on 12/06/2001 11:27:00 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I asked JimRob for a Science/Technology category but, never got a reply. Archaeology/Anthropology would be a good sub-category under that heading.
11 posted on 12/06/2001 2:33:25 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
Agree, and I would very much like to see it happen.
12 posted on 12/06/2001 2:47:53 PM PST by d4now
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; blam; callisto
These are some of the names we were batting around the other day for an Archaeology list...

Digging the Past

Stones, Bones, Tomes and Thrones

Gods, Graves, Glyphs and Myths

Those were my suggestions... were there any others?


13 posted on 12/06/2001 3:19:22 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
"Gods, Graves, Glyphs and Myths"

I like this title.

14 posted on 12/06/2001 6:34:04 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
Thanks Blam

Pompeii is so wonderful. It's rich surroundings yielding more information is very special!

15 posted on 12/06/2001 7:25:30 PM PST by 2Trievers
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
Note: this topic is from 12/06/2001. Thanks blam.

16 posted on 07/01/2015 6:27:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (What do we want? REGIME CHANGE! When do we want it? NOW)
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To: blam
404

Sorry, this page does not exist.

I did want to see if there were pictures. I will keep this one on my search list.

17 posted on 07/02/2015 6:03:09 AM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach san La Vang hanh huong tham vieng Maria)
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To: ThanhPhero; blam; SunkenCiv

This event has been named as the “Avellino Eruption” of Mount Vesuvius.
And you can search for more information using that term.


18 posted on 07/02/2015 6:32:33 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (I was conceived in liberty, how about you?)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Thanks! Looks like this is the Somma cone eruption event I’d read about years ago. There’s a Roman-era fresco in one of the formerly buried houses showing the pre-eruption Vesuvius with two peaks. The 79 AD eruption, uh, altered that a bit.

“Thousands of footprints in the surge ash deposit of the Avellino eruption testify to an en masse exodus from the devastated zone”
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fc/SheridanVesuviusFootprints.jpg

“A human victim of the Avellino eruption found buried in a self protecting position typical of death due to suffocation. (Photo: Courtesy PNAS.)”
http://www.buffalo.edu/content/dam/www/news/imported/hires/SheridanVesuviusSkeleton.jpg

Satellite view, appears to show the older caldera rim, with the current caldera inside it:
http://factsanddetails.com/media/2/20120225-Vesuvius TM3.png
1822 eruption (painting)
http://factsanddetails.com/media/2/20120225-Vesuvius1822scrope.jpg
http://factsanddetails.com/world/cat51/sub323/item2208.html

http://www.pnas.org/content/103/12/4366.full

http://mediterranee.revues.org/3253
http://mediterranee.revues.org/docannexe/image/3253/img-2.png


19 posted on 07/02/2015 8:00:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (What do we want? REGIME CHANGE! When do we want it? NOW)
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