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"You wonder what I am doing? Well, so do I, in truth. Days seem to dawn, suns to shine, evenings to follow, and then I sleep. What I have done, what I am doing, what I am going to do, puzzle and bewilder me. Have you ever been a leaf and fallen from your tree in autumn and been really puzzled about it? That's the feeling." --T.E. Lawrence

Artemis fresco stolen from Pompeii



Naples - A portion of a fresco of Apollo and Artemis has been stolen from the world-famous archeological site of Pompeii, Italian dailies reported Tuesday.

Citing an employee at the world’s largest open-air museum, newspapers Il Mattino and Il Messaggero said the fresco portion, measuring roughly 20x20 cm, has been missing from the House of Neptune for one week. The missing portion depicted the goddess Artemis, who was seated before her brother Apollo. It was stolen by experts, police say.

The area is a part of Pompeii currently receiving funds under the ambitious Great Pompeii Project, which includes 105 million euros allocated by the European Commission for restoration and conservation. In addition to thefts, collapses in recent weeks have drawn renewed calls to increase protection at the ancient site, with UNESCO warning it could fall down completely without “extraordinary measures”. Read more.


Shock after Pompeii relic put up for sale on eBay - The Local

No scrounging for scraps: Research uncovers the diets of the middle and lower class in Pompeii



University of Cincinnati archaeologists are turning up discoveries in the famed Roman city of Pompeii that are wiping out the historic perceptions of how the Romans dined, with the rich enjoying delicacies such as flamingos and the poor scrounging for soup or gruel. Steven Ellis, a University of Cincinnati associate professor of classics, will present these discoveries on Jan. 4, at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and American Philological Association (APA) in Chicago.

UC teams of archaeologists have spent more than a decade at two city blocks within a non-elite district in the Roman city of Pompeii, which was buried under a volcano in 79 AD. The excavations are uncovering the earlier use of buildings that would have dated back to the 6th century. Read more.

if I have to hear about that giraffe bone one more time I s2g

me with our EDM survey station, Pompeii, summer 2013.

I actually really like this photo of myself because I’m in my element, doing what I love, and if you look closely you can see that I’m grinning

everyone is posting cute selfies of 2013 but I don’t really take selfies?? I take pictures of my feet in special places I go. it started as a joke to prove to my mom that I was actually in the places of my travel photos

these are from this summer on my 2013 field season in Pompeii and then a little bit from the Croatian trip with my mom after the dig

some photos from this year’s field season

Rome accused of fiddling as Pompeii crumbles



(Reuters) - Collapsing walls at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have raised fresh concerns about Italy’s efforts to maintain one of the world’s most treasured sites, preserved for 2,000 years but now crumbling from neglect.

On Monday, site officials said part of a wall had collapsed on one of Pompeii’s major streets after weeks of heavy rains and wind. Plaster had also fallen off the wall of the ornately frescoed House of the Small Fountain.

A series of collapses in Pompeii over the last month led Italian media to dub it a “Black November” for the ancient city, preserved under ash from a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. and rediscovered in the 18th century, revealing a time capsule of daily life in Roman times. Read more.


Layers of Pompeii (by Emily Felder & Kevin Anderson)

Layers of Pompeii is a documentary film addressing the range of interests and interpretations of both the ancient and modern cities of Pompeii, Italy. The film is concerned less with the eruption of 79AD and more with the contemporary inhabitants of the archaeological site and those living in the adjacent modern city that supports a tourist industry of 10,000 visitors a day. The juxtaposition of ancient and modern, the archaeological and the touristic, questions the role that archaeology can (and should) play in contemporary society. Unearthing the perspectives and desires of modern Pompeiians and placing these alongside those of the archaeologists, creates a dynamic representation of the variety of meanings that Pompeii inspires – as a site for cultural identity, local economy, and archaeological research.

Concerns grow over Pompeii’s damages


Part of the wall of a house in the ancient city of Pompeii collapsed November 30, raising fresh concerns about the state of one of the world’s most treasured archaeological sites. Officials said the wall was part of a 2,000-year-old house on the Vicolo del Modesto, in a section of the site that had already been declared off limits to the public for safety reasons.

About two square meters (yards) of the wall were involved in the collapse, which occurred after heavy rain storms in most of southern Italy.

The street where the collapse took place is located in an area of the dig that came to light in excavations in the 19th century. Read more.


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