OUT OF TOWN
Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii A terrible eruption not only caused the earth to tremor but also obscured the sky with a mixture of ash and pumice. The people tried in vain to escape. The rain of volcanic lapilli settled like a fine layer of dust, burying absolutely everything. On a hot day in August 79AD, Pompeii, Oplontis and Herculaenum, disappeared, engulfed by the devastating fury of Mt. Vesuvius. They remained buried for almost two thousand years: Pompeii was rediscovered by chance in the 18th century during works on the construction of a canal while Herculaneum was unearthed as workmen labored to dig a well. Like Oplontis, most of what remained of the two Roman cities has now been unearthed, although numerous relics are still buried underground. The material recovered is, however, sufficient to give us a general archaeological snapshot of everyday life in these towns: Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis have been restored to us practically intact.