|The Remains of a Town|
Those are the bare facts of Pompei and Herkulaneum. It does nothing to describe the place. Tilbury town from whence we recently set forth has a population of around twenty five thousand people, and a lean estimate would put ancient Pompei on around a similar footprint.
|Massive Stone pine|
|Extreme Outer Wall|
|Romano Shop Front|
|Table Legs in their Original Position|
|Vesuvius From the Crater|
|Modern Pompei in the Lea of the Volcano (frankly insane)|
|It's Still Active|
|Composite or Stratovolcano (built in Layers)|
Pompei isn’t like Rome. Rome was a city, slowly buried and redeveloped over centuries. Pompei is a grave, a geological photograph of a day in the history of this world we occupy. It is special in ways barely comprehensible, it is moving in way we couldn’t have imagined. In a video we have made about the site, we postulate that almost all we learned of everything Rome, and of those folks at Time Team HQ who have educated us down the years, must in a greater part owe everything they know and can verify by the footprint of Pompei given its state of preservation.
|Saturated with Water the Ash Slips|
There are gaps in the presentation of the history, though unlike in Rome, this is being dealt with, by the construction of an ariel walkway, interactive displays and state of the computer walk throughs, still in development, and an ongoing archaeology lab, that will allow real-time viewing of the work still being done.
There are probably still portions of the town still buried. There are probably bits of it dug out and lost forever as New Pompei has spread over the intervening centuries.
We liked Pompei, and Vesuvius. Enjoy the Pictures.