Most people in the world have heard about Pompey, Italy, about the place of one of the worst natural disasters in ancient times. One of the greatest discoveries of the city's history was made in July 2005 when an archaeologist checked the progress of the newly built highway and the remains of a man who had dug into an ancient Roman basket. While silver and many articles such as pottery and paintings were often found among the ruins, it was a few times that a Roman basket was discovered, although the container and its contents were somewhat merged
. The significance of the guesswork must first understand the event in Pompeii, which took place on Aug. 24, 79. The city was a busy seaport and summer resort for the rich Romans who wanted to escape from the needs of people in Rome. under the legacy of Vesuvius, an active but silent volcano. Estimates of the population change during the disaster, although most experts agree that at that time around 20,000 people lived in the area. Earthquakes in recent years have been frequent events, so when the earth began to shake on this fatal August day, most of the dwelling house ignored it (like the Californians today). Suddenly Vesuvius awoke and began to break.
People panicked when they tried to reach security. While many have left the seaport, others have undertaken to try to get on the land. Yet other people sought shelter in their homes, they did not realize they would stay there through eternity. The high intensity heat and the amount of ash in the air soon eliminated those in the area.
The volcano eventually buried the city on the ash and funnel layers, where it was buried for 1,700 years until it was re-discovered in 1748 and the excavation began. The buildings were first exposed, as were sculptures, fountains and gardens. As archeologists searched the structures and the streets more deeply, they began to reveal the iridescent remains of the inhabitants of the ancient city, bowing down, or as it seemed in one case to sit and pray. The ash appears to have formed a cover around individuals buried during an outbreak. Though their remnants have long disintegrated, skeletons of their bodies are still visible, some of them even show the appearance of suffering that was evident in the face of these poor souls.
In addition to finding the body of the population, archaeologists have found a daily set of pots and treasures of household items that can give you an insight into how everyday life was like 2000 years ago. Most of the remains are made of metal, marble or other materials that will easily resist the molten lava heat leaked from Vazuvius. That's why the Roman wicker basket was so exciting. It seems that the man next to him tried to escape Pompey's destruction and slipped beneath his valuables. The protected structure of this area helped protect the basket from destruction. Though not in perfect shape, archaeologists handle fibers with different fibers to retain the material from which they are made, hoping to see this rare container in the near future with the rest of the Pompeii exhibition.
Pompeii is one of Italy's largest tourist attractions. If you are interested in the lives of ancient Romans and need to experience the emotional aspects of the disaster, this is a way you will soon be missing.