Bye bye two cities and everyone in them.
|Wrong place, wrong time|
|Doubt he was napping|
|Probably not asleep either|
|The faces tell no tales|
They found shops and bars.
|Grist mill, Pompeii|
|Wine amophora, Pompeii|
|In home bath, Herculaneum|
|Racks to put your clothes. Herculaneum|
|Bath house mosaic floor. Herculaneum|
|More mosaic work. Herculaneum|
|House entrance decoration. Pompeii|
|Amazing shelf supports. Pompeii|
|Marble bath cistern and inlaid lettering. Pompeii|
|Detailed, but cracked. Herculaneum|
|Frescoes again. Herculaneum|
|Decorating an archway. Herculaneum|
|Wall mosaic. Herculaneum|
|Alcove decoration. Herculaneum|
|Mosaic detail. Herculaneum|
|Temple sculpture. Herculaneum|
|House decoration. Pompeii|
|Wall reliefs. Pompeii|
|Tw sculptures. Not a puppet (KC's photo accident) Herculaneum|
|Wall mosaic. Pompii|
|These columns. Herculaneum|
|These too. Pompeii|
|An amphitheatre, seating ~1,500. Pompeii|
|The whole amphitheatre|
|Another, smaller amphitheatre sitting text door|
|The little one, less used but still partially restored|
|A colleseum. Seating 12,000|
And the most popular building with the tourists in Pompeii? Why, one of the brothels, of course. Complete with 2,000 year old advertising posters and 10 beds (not very big ones).
|Wonder what this cost?|
|Small bed, built out of rock. Still, the goal isn't sleepovers|
The science tells us that the folks in Herculaneum evaporated in a pyroclastic flow in minutes. The Pompeii dudes died over 2 days. Some 16,000 people died in the eruption, and 1,044 people were found in the ash casts in the photos above. 332 bodies were found at Herculaneum.
And they built the town of Ercolano on the place, since it had been covered by 23 m of stuff, and no one knew it was there any more. The funny part, which struck me the last time I was here 20+ years ago, is that the excavations just stop, even though there's lots of evidence the former city continues.
|Herculaneum below. Ercolano on top.|
Well, they will until the next time Vesuvius, an active volcano that has erupted 42 times since 79 AD, blows it's top. Only 3,000,000 people live near it...
|The giant sleeps. For today, at least.|