Archeologists working at the famed ruins of Pompeii have uncovered a “new” house at the site, described as that of a “wealthy and cultured” individual, located in the Regio V area of the city. The house, named the House of Jupiter thanks to artwork found at the site, was known to archeologists working in the area during the 18th and 19th centuries, the original excavation work also being uncovered during recent digs.
The House of Jupiter is in the first Roman style and lavishly decorated with frescos and stucco squares imitating marble in a mirriad of colours, archeologists on site recovering a wealth of artefacts including coins, glass objects, terracotta statues and building materials. The house contains a lavishly decorated central atrium which is surrounded by several other decorated rooms, those at the back of the property having been renovated into a more modern style at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius.
“The rooms in the back, reserved for the family, had been restored with more contemporary decor… The owner must have been wealthy and cultured, aware of the value of painting.” – Massimo Osanna, director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park
Photographs: Cesare Abbate. Accessed via Instagram.
The area surrounding the domus was also excavated including a pathway and alley alongside the neighbouring property which showed fire damage, the team recovering charred wood that is believed to be the remains of a bed.
Destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, the ruins at Pompeii were famously preserved through a lack of air and moisture, the entire city being buried under 13-20 feet of ash and pumice, leaving an untouched treasure trove of information about daily Roman life. The city, along with Herculaneum, lay forgotten until 1599 when digging of an underground channel to divert the river Sarno uncovered ancient walls covered with paintings and inscriptions.
The current excavations, the largest in the unexplored regions of the city, are set to continue into 2020.
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