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It has been really poignant and a privilege to witness firsthand the excavation of the room with the two newly discovered skeletons in #Pompeii and to follow the piecing together of the story of their tragic and violent deaths told through painstaking archaeological work. A skeleton being carefully ...The archaeologist and Direc...An overhead view of the roo...Some of the ceramic and met...
Fascinatingly the condition of this servile quarter of the house reveal the rooms were amid repair & redecoration—a pile of lime is ready to be used for mortar.
Toppled dishes & bowls may have fallen from a shelf and a cup embedded in the wall is possibly for religious offerings. Dishes and bowls emerge fro...A ceramic cup is partly emb...A row of bulbous Cretan amp...A painted wall possibly a s...
And, as many of you have already commented, my colleagues @pompeii_sites responsible for the excavations are extraordinarily talented and incredibly professional in their work and it is to them we owe our thanks for their painstaking and respectful work. Archaeologist carefully exc...An archaeologist excavates ...
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New discovery: two skeletons found beneath a collapsed wall in #Pompeii.

Turmoil, confusion, attempted escapes and, in the meantime, an earthquake, showers of pumice, volcanic ash and hot gases. ImageImage
This was the inferno of the eruption of AD 79, the living hell in which the inhabitants of the ancient city of Pompeii found themselves, including the two victims whose skeletons were recently discovered during the excavation of the insula of the House of the Chaste Lovers. ImageImage
They were the victims of an earthquake that accompanied the eruption, discovered beneath a wall that had collapsed between the final phase of the deposition of pumice and prior to the arrival of the pyroclastic flows that buried Pompeii for good. ImageImage
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🧵 The House of Menander was top of my #Pompeii bucket list on my recent trip. I’ve wanted to visit since researching and writing about domestic slave numbers in this elite Roman household whilst studying ‘Roman Slavery’ on my Masters degree course at @BirkbeckHCA

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The House of Menander is one of the grandest houses in Pompeii, complete with its own private bath complex. It is named after a fresco in a garden portico of the Athenian playwright Menander.

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The House of Menander is one of very few Roman houses to have rooms usually identified as slave quarters. There are four small rooms (originally with another four above) in a marginal area of the house. The rooms are off a narrow corridor on the right of my photo.

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🧵#Thread 🧵These #stunning watercolours and drawings of #Pompeii @pompeii_sites , by Luigi Bazzani (late 19th c., early 20th c.), invite us to travel 100+ years back in time. Let's stroll through this ancient city and experience the vivid colors of time found in its buildings
The remains of stone walls and façades we observe today along the streets of #Pompeii were, in fact, full of colors. Can you imagine for a minute what it was to stand at a crossroad or at the entrance of a house, flanked by many dipinti?
100+ ago we could even experience the vivid colours unveiled in the recent excavations of the thermopolium at Pompeii's Regio V in other thermopolia from the city, decorated with paintings, marbles and different iconographies
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Making cities that are walkable by design—as so many are in Europe—into a paradise for citizens is easy: just keep the cars out.🧵 Image
Making cities designed to be driven—as too many in the Americas are—into a paradise takes more effort and imagination... Image
In both cases, the solution calls for an ancient technology (with many new applications): the Bollard.
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My overview and analysis of *all* the archaeological evidence for wine production in pre-Roman and #Roman Italy!

A highlight thread… 🧵

Full article OPEN ACCESS in the American Journal of Archaeology:
The first attempt to combine all disparate forms of evidence in Italy, we start pre-Roman. Localised grape exploitation and experimentation probably occurred to a greater extent in Italy than historically accepted, alongside Caananite, Phoenician and Greek influence. /2 Image
The latest evidence indicates vine cultivation increasingly likely from the Final Bronze Age, & exploitation of various forms present perhaps as early as the Neolithic. The paper aims to reframe these terms in a consistently rigorous manner with multidisciplinary datasets. /3
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My new digital restoration is this remarkable 2nd c. AD #sculpture of #Eros (Cupid) on a dolphin, approximating how it might have once appeared in the garden of an ancient Roman villa. But who’s captured who here? #polychromy #art #archaeology #romanhistory @MANNapoli 1/ Image
The statue is on display at the Nat'l Archaeological Museum in Naples, but I can’t find information on its history or find spot. Once apparently part of the #Farnese Collection, a copy of a bronze #Greek original. 📸@MumblerJamie and Darren Puttoc. 2/ ImageImage
A few close-ups reveal that the head is likely modern - probably 18th c. (?), and quite good - but everything else, aside from a couple of fingers, appear to be ancient. The modern curls are very Botticelli-esque! 3/ ImageImageImage
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Announcing the advent of my #wallporn Advent Calendar!

Each day a window-shaped chunk of the festive garden scene fresco from Livia’s Villa will be opened to reveal the underlying majestic glory that is Roman wall construction.
What could be more exciting? #OpusCalendarium
Dec 1st
Starting with a pretty example of a building technique from #Pompeii known as ‘opus mixtum’. Here, a combination of courses of brickwork—‘latericium’— sandwich a layer of diamond-shaped blocks known as ‘reticulatum’ from the Latin ‘rete’ meaning ‘net’. #OpusCalendarium
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The unmistakable elegance of Opus Africanum. Formed of chains of alternating vertical and horizontal ashlar blocks framing an infill of smaller stones, this building technique was common in North Africa but is also known from 7th century BC Etruria.
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Sad to hear of the recent death of architect Nicholas Wood. I worked with him in Pompeii and his watercolours recreated the magic of the Roman houses we were studying. He even incorporated me as a human scale (past and present) for the cross-section of the House of Ceres
He worked with us on the House of Amarantus in which we were excavating and produced this plan of our discovery of the mule and dog in the front room and the Cretan wine amphorae stacked in the atrium. The mule & dog are featured in our Amarantus book
His interest in Pompeii was boundless and he was best known for his model of the House of the Tragic Poet which he recreated with eye-watering attention to detail.
I sincerely hope the model found a good home…… @StephenJenkin
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The #Pompeii Foro Boario vineyard opposite the amphitheatre is beautiful, but less known is the #Roman winemaking facility from 79 CE hidden in a small building at the back corner!

Almost always closed to the public, here’s a glimpse… 🧵 1/8 ImageImageImage
The vineyard entrance leads immediately into the small ‘cella vinaria’, with 10 ceramic dolia buried in the ground to keep a stable, cool fermentation and storage environment.
Even the specific ‘strawberry’ shape of dolia helps must circulate & aids fermentation. 2/8 Image
Some amazing details have been preserved: plastered channels leading from the press room into the cella vinaria, and smaller lead pipes leading through walls and into each jar. 3/8 ImageImageImage
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#InPics | Astonishing images of Roman slave quarters in #Pompeii frozen in time for almost 2,000 years by volcanic eruption

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An immaculately preserved room, once inhabited by slaves, has been discovered in the ancient Roman city of #Pompeii in #Italy, said The Archaeological Park of Pompeii.

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In the small undecorated room of just 16sqm remains three beds, a chamber pot that would have been used as a toilet, a wooden chest containing horse harnesses, and a single small window.

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Was it on this day in AD 79 that Vesuvius erupted and buried #Pompeii, #Herculaneum and the other Vesuvian sites in volcanic debris?

Evidence such as ripe pomegranates and the remnants of a recent grape harvest in wine-pressing rooms found in the ancient Vesuvian sites certainly suggest an autumnal date rather than the traditional August date recorded in a medieval copy of Pliny’s account of the eruption.
A charcoal inscription uncovered in #Pompeii contains the date ‘XVI K Nov’—16 days before the Kalends of Nov—equating to 17th Oct. No year is mentioned but the impermanence of charcoal suggests it *may* have been written close to the time of eruption.
Image: @MassimoOsanna
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«Amantes, ut apes, vitam melitam exigunt. Velle» #τουι_του_δρομου
«Οι εραστές, όπως και οι μέλισσες έχουν γλυκιά ζωή. Θα ήθελα!/Μακάρι!»
«Lovers, like bees, lead a honeyed life. I wish!»
(Το velle φαίνεται ότι γράφτηκε από ένα δεύτερο πρόσωπο, το οποίο εύχεται να του συμβεί). ImageImage
📸Γκράφιτι στο ''Σπίτι των εραστών''. Πομπηία.
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So I went to the #NeroExhibition @britishmuseum... Image
You cannot have a #NeroExhibition without the back story. Cue Augustus (and his swooshy locks), Caligula (and his cute eyelashes) and a few of the other Julio-Claudians before we meet the protagonist: Nero. #NeroExhibition ImageImageImageImage
From a curtain fringe to full on foppish curls (and a fuller chin) #NeroExhibition ImageImageImageImage
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முன்னொரு காலத்துல பாம்பெயிங்கிற(Pompeii) நகரம் இருந்ததாகவும் அது வெசுவியஸ் அப்படிங்கிற எரிமலை வெடிப்புல அழிஞ்சதாகவும் வரலாற்று ஆய்வாளர்கள் கண்டுபிடிச்சிருக்காங்க.அதைப்பற்றி தான் இந்த த்ரெட் ல தெரிஞ்சிக்க போறோம்..
வரலாறு பாடப் புத்தகத்தில் நாம் மொகஞ்சதாரோ அல்லது சிந்து சமவெளி நாகரிகம் பற்றி படித்திருப்போம். இந்நகரம் மண்ணில் புதையுண்டு அழிந்து போன ஒரு நகர நாகரிகம் என்பது நாம் அறிந்ததே.... ஏறத்தாழ இதேபோன்றுதான் பாம்பெயி நகரமும் வரலாற்றில் 2000 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பு புதைந்துபோய் அழிந்துபோனது..
அப்பொழுதைய ரோம் பேரரசின் ஆளுகைக்கு உட்பட்ட நகரம் தான் பொம்பெயி... தற்போதைய இத்தாலி நாட்டின் கட்டுப்பாட்டில் காட்சி தளமாக உள்ளது பாம்பெயி.......
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Most of the urban area in #Pompeii consisted in private households. Therefore, the city provides an excellent vantage point to learn more about Roman housing and its evolution over time. Image
The upper classes mainly lived in #domus, large houses sometimes covering an area of about 3,000 sq. m. The domus were usually based on the same main structure. The front door led into the #atrium, a large central hall open at the roof. Image
Around the atrium the other rooms of the house were located: the bedrooms (#cubicula), the servants’ quarters, the dining rooms (#triclinia) and living rooms. ImageImage
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The discovery of a four-wheeled processional chariot in the suburban villa of Civita Giuliana has just been announced by @pompeii_sites. The villa is located in the northwest suburban area of #Pompeii and today I bring you this #thread reconstructing the history of this villa ImageImageImageImage
In 1907-1908 the villa was discovered and 15 rooms were excavated, unveiling a residential and industrial complex. The residential area was organised around a peristyle and was decorated in the 3rd and 4th Pompeian styles... ImageImage
In the industrial area a lararium or domestic altar and a torcularium for wine production were found. The looting of the site for illegal trafficking of antiquities through subterranean tunnels caused a joint collaboration between @pompeii_sites and public forces in 2017 ImageImageImage
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The four-wheeled processional chariot. The last discovery of #Pompeii.⤵️…

Ph. Luigi Spina📷
The Archaeological Park of Pompeii and the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Torre Annunziata announce the discovery of an extraordinary find, emerged intact from the excavation of the suburban villa of Civita Giuliana, beyond the walls to the north of the ancient city of Pompeii.
It is a part of the joint operations launched in 2017 and in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2019, which sought to combat illegal activities which had been conducted in the area.
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#Discovery | Archaeologists in #Pompeii found an incredibly well-preserved ancient snack bar complete with remnants of 2,000-year-old food…
Archaeologists in #Pompeii discovered a well-preserved snack bar complete with 2,000-year-old food remnants.

The so-called thermopolium - which is Latin for a hot drink counter - was discovered in the archaeological park's north-eastern Regio V site, which is not yet open to the public.

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What the writer Luigi Settembrini defined as “the pain of death that takes on body and form” once again takes shape in #Pompeii, in the form of men who lost their lives during the eruption, the traces of whose death throes have remained imprinted in the ash for 2000 years. ImageImage
During excavations at Civita Giuliana, around 700 metres northwest of Pompeii, in the area of the suburban villa where in 2017 the servile part had been discovered along with the stable containing the remains of three harnessed horses, 2 skeletons of individuals have been found ImageImage
Just as in the first excavation campaign when it was possible to crate plaster casts of the horses, today it has been possible to make casts of the two victims who were found near the cryptoporticus, in the noble part of the villa which the latest investigations have focused on. Image
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Just as in Roman times, this time of year sees the harvest of grapes in the vineyards of #Pompeii for wine production. To celebrate we will take you from the ‘harvest to the hangover’ through the archaeological evidence. ImageImageImageImage
A fresco from the House of Centenary shows how widespread grape growing was. The slopes of Vesuvius are covered in a lattice of wooden vine frames called ‘vitis compluviata’. Meanwhile, Bacchus (God of wine) in his grape suit pours a libation & his leopard laps up the stray drops Image
Once harvested, the grapes could be served to eat but most were pressed and the wine transported in amphorae. Pompeii storerooms are full of such amphorae. Some had a label – ‘titulus pictus’ – revealing their contents or recipient as in the case of Sextus Pompeius Amarantus. ImageImageImageImage
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#MuseumsUnlocked - Religious Art and Places of Worship

The Temple of Isis in #Pompeii - one of my favourite ancient cults and a gorgeous little temple.
A temple to the Egyptian goddess Isis was probably established in the Theatre district of Pompeii towards the end of the second century BC. Nearby Puteoli had established a Temple of Serapis by 105 BC, with evidence of an Isis cult also being found at Herculaneum.
The discovery of the temple in the 1760s caused a sensation, highlighting the interconnectedness of the ancient world.

Image: Fresco showing the cult of Isis, Herculaneum (Museo Nazionale Archeologic, Naples Inv. no. 8924.)
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Today we are going to talk about the pink hues in mural paintings from @pompeii_sites. As we will see, their chemical characteristics make it difficult to be analysed in-situ. To overcome this, the pigments conserved at the Applied Research Laboratory have been of great help. Bowl containing a pink pigment, conserved at the Applied Research Laboratory (Archaeological Park of Pompeii).
This pink tone is to be found in certain examples at the Archaeological Park, frequently associated to the depiction of Venus, as in this painting of the House of the Venus in the Shell (Regio II, 3, 3).

In some cases, the pinkish hue is less astounding and often mixed with other tones, as in the grey elephants that are accompanying the goddess in this example of the Shop of Verecundus (Regio IX, 7, 6).

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This fabulous documentary explores the recent excavations in Region V in #Pompeii. It really brings together our understanding of the individual finds but also of the neighbourhood. Brilliant and compelling viewing. @pompeii_sites @MassimoOsanna
Didn’t think I’d be adding to this thread for a while but thanks to @MassimoOsanna a fabulous and previously unseen fresco from Region V excavations in #Pompeii has been revealed: Ariadne being abandoned by Theseus on the shores of Naxos. Wow.
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A close-up of that extraordinary decorative design...
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