Fiji Time: 2:22 PM on Sunday 17 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / World

French archaeologists discover Little Pompeii

Reuters
Sunday, August 13, 2017

SAINTE-COLOMBE, France - French archaeologists have unearthed the ruins of a Roman settlement in southern France that was deserted by its inhabitants after fires that ultimately helped preserve the site now being dubbed "Little Pompeii".

The site on the banks of the Rhone near the town of Vienne, discovered on land earmarked for a new apartment complex, has revealed luxury homes, mosaics and items of furniture that date back to the 1st century AD. Ash from the fires helped preserve the ruins, just as the Roman city of Pompeii was largely preserved after being buried in volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius.

"The two fires fossilised, solidified the entirety of the remains ... in every space we found furniture left by the inhabitants who had to flee the fire," said lead archaeologist Benjamin Clement.

"It's rare to discover such a well preserved site."

The remains will be measured, photographed and drawn. Some will then be removed from the Sainte-Colombe site and sent to the Gallo-Roman museum in Vienne for restoration.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62560.6066
JPY 55.611352.6113
GBP 0.36370.3557
EUR 0.41590.4039
NZD 0.70740.6744
AUD 0.64210.6171
USD 0.49240.4754

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 15th, December, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Locked out
  2. Youngster pens letter to Donald Trump
  3. Caught by surprise
  4. Raj stands firm
  5. Airline tries to minimise disruptions
  6. Probe into inmate's escape
  7. Rising sea level forces families to move
  8. New eatery for pizza lovers
  9. Town celebrates 40th anniversary
  10. Subsidy for bus cards

Top Stories this Week

  1. 'Daylight robbery' Wednesday (13 Dec)
  2. Ravai tells all Saturday (16 Dec)
  3. Joy turns into sorrow Friday (15 Dec)
  4. Shattered Tuesday (12 Dec)
  5. Cheika rates Fiji Wednesday (13 Dec)
  6. SOCIAL MEDIA Alleged racist comments inquiry Monday (11 Dec)
  7. Kalouniwai: Fiji soldiers not affected Wednesday (13 Dec)
  8. Tabuya denial Tuesday (12 Dec)
  9. 'Happy' with results Thursday (14 Dec)
  10. Death of baby Saturday (16 Dec)