Never seen before streets and houses of Pompeii finally uncovered in awe-striking detail

Professor Massimo Osanna, the director of the Archaeological Park, has released a video explaining the findings in two old houses in the ancient Italian city. The findings are the sum of work done in region five of the site over the passed two years and the street revealed is called Vicolo dei Balconi. The most impressive findings are two houses, one called the House of Orion, the other called The House of the Garden.

The House of the Garden is so-called because located in the building’s centre was a stunning ornate garden, linked with flowerbeds and columns.

Both houses have triciliums, or formal dining rooms.

These have been remarkably preserved, with paintings and murals of Roman myths and legends.

Revealed are representations of Venus, Adonis, and Hercules.

The video released by Professor Osanna shows drone footage that reveals the precise geometric patterns of the streets of Pompeii.

The two houses for the elite that were excavated, called The house of the Garden and the House of Orion contain the remains of people who died in the pyroclastic flow from the volcano.

The drone descends into what has been called the “Garden House”, where the remains of eleven victims of the eruption have been found, mostly women and children.

Splendid frescoes of Venus and Adonis and a painted portico have been found here.

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Professor Osanna explains in the video that they called this house like that because the first large room that came to light turned out to be a garden.

He said: “Our paleobotanists have gathered all the evidence to study the garden and understand what was planted in it, as well as how it was laid out, and therefore it will be possible to restore it in a correct way.”

The drone then takes us to the Orion House, which takes its name from the mosaics found there.

One of the best-preserved finds is a mosaic, showing a half-man, half-scorpion figure with butterfly wings.

Osanna assures that although this house, which does not have particularly large spaces, has indeed produced true masterpieces, such as this Orion mosaic that gives the house its name. 

The Italian city of Pompeii was buried by the violent eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

A pyroclastic heatwave – ultra-fast currents of hot gas and volcanic matter – as well as the avalanche of ash, rocks, and poisonous gases explain the massacre.

The fragments of rocks and mud from the volcano also wiped out the cities of Oplontis, Stabiae and Herculaneum.

After the eruption, thick layers of ash covered the cities, located at the base of the mountain, and were slowly forgotten until, by chance, Herculaneum was rediscovered in 1738 and Pompeii, the industrial centre of the region, ten years later.

Since then, archaeologists, architects, engineers, historians and experts in different subjects have worked to bring to light mosaics, paintings or ceramics that were buried in palaces, houses, baths or temples, in addition to studying the fossilised bodies.

Pompeii and the coastal Herculaneum are undoubtedly two of the most visited archaeological sites in the world. Unesco Heritage since 1997, they are a fascinating place for anyone who wants to know the daily life of Antiquity.

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