Italy Herculaneum

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Raimondo Giamberduca

About this spot
Like its neighbour Pompeii, Herculaneum is famous worldwide as one of the few ancient cities to be preserved nearly intact.. The thick layer of ash that blanketed the whole area protected the town against looting and the elements. Unlike Pompeii, the mainly pyroclastic material that covered Herculaneum carbonized and preserved more wood in objects such as roofs, beds, and doors, as well as other organic-based materials such as food and papyrus.
Smaller but wealthier than Pompeii, Herculaneum was a popular seaside retreat for the Roman elite, which is reflected in the extraordinary density of grand and luxurious houses with, for example, far more lavish use of coloured marble cladding.

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https://ercolano.beniculturali.it/


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