Archaeologists discover 'Little Pompeii' in France

The archaeological remains of centuries of civilization often remain preserved beneath layers of earth placed on them over time. And it was on an excavation that set the stage for a large real estate building in Vienne that what French archaeologists are calling the 'Little Pompeii' was discovered.

But why Little Pompeii? Was there another series of bodies preserved for centuries after a volcanic eruption? None of it. Although the evidence indicates that the city was abandoned (and eventually buried) after a series of fires - which does not make its final destination so different from Pompeii - it is named after it is very well preserved and from a period of time. domain of the Roman Empire. Because of this, its architecture is very similar to that of the famous city that succumbed under Vesuvius.

The Little Pompeii

The archaeological site is around 7, 000 square meters, which makes it considered exceptionally large. In addition, the state of preservation of the city allows specialists to have a very good idea of ​​what life was like there.

One of the houses found, called by the archaeologists the “House of Bacchanal”, was quite luxurious, with a hydraulic system, large gardens, marble floors and mosaics that honored the god Bacchus and portrayed various mythological creatures relevant to the religion of the time.

In addition to this house, traces of a market apparently abandoned because of fire were identified, as it was left behind with various products made by artisans.

Archaeologists also found evidence that the city was well developed, as it had gymnasiums, houses, workshops, and even a philosophy school, where there was a statue of Hercules.

Imagine how many fantastic things from ancient civilizations are preserved right under our feet!


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