Pompeii unveiled: Jaw-dropping drone footage shows extent of city’s excavation

Pompeii unveiled: Jaw-dropping drone footage shows extent of city’s excavation
Almost 2,000 years since it was buried beneath lava spewed by Mount Vesuvius, artifacts are still emerging from the lost city of Pompeii. Now new drone footage offers history buffs a visual treasure to savor from above.

According to Pompeii expert and archaeologist Steven Ellis, the aerial tour through parts of the city’s ancient streets was filmed as part of research into the incredible excavation efforts undertaken at the site.

It begins at street level, hovering over the ancient cobbled streets before rising up sharply to reveal deadly neighboring Vesuvius looming in the distance. It was in the year 79 AD that a massive eruption from the 1,281-meter-high volcano destroyed the once-thriving Roman city.

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Now Pompeii is bustling again but in a different manner – with archaeologists still uncovering evidence of its past, such as the full body of a horse, swamped by lava nearly 2,000 year ago. Uncovered in the Civita Giuliana area of Pompeii, researchers were able to rebuild the shape of the animal in plaster.

Scoperta straordinaria nell’area di Civita Giuliana, nella zona Nord fuori le mura del sito archeologico di Pompei, dove erano stati intercettati cunicoli clandestini. Grazie all’operazione congiunta del Parco Archeologico di Pompei con la Procura della Repubblica di Torre Annunziata, gli investigatori del Comando Gruppo Carabinieri di Torre Annunziata e del Nucleo Tutela Patrimonio Culturale di Napoli che stavano già indagando su queste attività illecite, dallo scorso agosto è stato avviato un intervento di scavo allo scopo di proseguire nelle indagini e salvare il patrimonio archeologico in pericolo. Oggi il Direttore Generale del Parco Archeologico di Pompei, @massimo_osanna ha presentato in esclusiva l’eccezionale ritrovamento e l’operazione messa in campo con l’attività di scavo in corso. L’intervento ha portato alla luce una serie di ambienti di servizio di una grande villa suburbana conservata in maniera eccezionale, dalla quale sono emersi anche diversi reperti (anfore, utensili da cucina, parte di un letto in legno di cui è stato possibile realizzare il calco) e una tomba del periodo post 79 d.C. che custodiva lo scheletro del defunto. Per la prima volta è stato, inoltre, possibile restituire, attraverso la tecnica dei calchi, la sagoma integra di un cavallo rinvenuto in uno degli ambienti dello scavo. • • Extraordinary find from Pompeii. In the area of Civita Giuliana, the north suburbs of the city, clandestine underground tunnels had been intercepted. Thanks to the operation of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, with the Procuration of the Republic of Torre Annunziata, the investigators of the Carabinieri Group Command of Torre Annunziata and of the Cultural Heritage Protection Unit of Naples, has been started an operation in order to continue the investigation and save the archaeological heritage. The Director General of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, presented the excavation work in progress. The intervention has brought to light a series of rooms of a large, exceptionally well-preserved suburban villa. ___ 📷 Visit our gallery and share your photos with the hashtags #Pompeii #Pompei #pompeitempusvita

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In May, management at the government-protected Pompeii Archaeological Park also released the first images of a man believed to have been crushed by a large block and decapitated. It’s thought the man might have been killed while fleeing the eruption.

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