But this post is actually about the ancient town of Herculaneum. I'm assuming most of you have heard of Pompeii? Herculaneum is the more talented but over-looked younger brother. Like Pompeii, Herculaneum was the victim of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius August 24,79AD.
|There's the culprit.|
Mt. Vesuvius had been dormant for close to 800 years and most people didn't even consider it a volcano anymore.
Imagine their surprise.
Herculaneum is smaller and in better shape than Pompeii, with most of the buildings still having roofs and petrified timber beams.
This is due to the fact that Pompeii took the brunt of the ash fall with the initial eruption. It was once believed that all of the inhabitants of Herculaneum had escaped but excavations that began in 1982 led to the discovery of three hundred skeletons near the sea, in boathouses and boats that didn't escape the intense heat.
|DH and I. Notice the modern buildings built above Herculaneum in the back ground.|
|A main street. This shot also shows a modern apartment in the background looking down on Herculaneum. Can you imagine this as your patio view?|
|Interior of a single family home. The citizens of Herculaneum were quite well off. In fact, the teeth of the skeletal remains showed that they were well nourished, eating a variety of foods, and that the average male was 6 feet tall.|
|Hard to believe that this bed is almost 2000 years old! Notice that the bedrooms didn't have windows. Odd.|
|More wall art. Apparently this is a fresco of Hercules. The room is part of the college which was also the headquarters of a popular cult.|
|Do these pillars make me look short?|
|A panorama view of Herculaneum I borrowed from the internet.|