Ancient Pompeii continues to hold surprises almost 2000 years after the eruption that, even if it was the reason of the terrible destiny of the citizens, consecrated the city as one of the most famous and important historical heritages of the Roman time in the world. The new findings on the area of the Pompeian necropolis of Porta Nola (one of the gates of the city) were among the protagonists of the fifth edition of the Days of Archeology of Valencia, during the conference of the second day, which took place on Saturday the 17th of December at the MUVIM (Museum of Illustration and Modernity of Valencia).
The directors of a team composed of international archaeologists and professionals of the project "Investigating the archeology of death in Pompeii: the necropolis and fugitives of Porta Nola", Stephen Kay of the British School in Rome, Llorenç Alapont of the Department of Archaeology of the CDL Valencia (Departamento de Arqueologia del Ilustre Colegio Oficial de Doctores y Licenciados de Valencia Castellon), and Rosa Albiach of the MUVIM, and with the participation of the Museu Valencià de Prehistoria de València for the restoration, explained to the community the interesting findings of the excavation held this summer between July 17 and August 19 in the area next to Porta Nola in the ruins of Pompeii.
The excavation team unites professionals in the world of archeology from different countries of the world (in the last campaign they came from Italy, England, Spain, USA, Australia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Argentina and Mexico), who became famous in 2015 for the discovery of a tomb with the remains of a newborn (a rarity and unusual for the Roman city) during their works in the same area of ancient Pompeii. In 2016 they continued the digging and anthropological operations making new interesting discoveries.
During their interventions, Kay, Alapont and Albiach presented the results obtained during the excavation last summer, this time concentrated in the area immediately posterior to the mausoleum of Marco Obellius Firmo, one of the most powerful men of ancient Pompeii whose domus (house) was recently reopened and is visible to the public, to understand its relationship to the entrance of the cemetery and find out if it was part of the burial ground or delimited the "pomerium" (sacred area) of the city. The work of the professionals in the field has brought to light certain of deposits on the door of the wall of the cemetery as a result of the cleaning of the ''ustrinum" (a space dedicated to cremation of the deceased in the Roman period) as well as a dirt path that led from the door of the necropolis to the gate of Porta Nola.
One of the most important attractions that shows the architectural grandeur is the funeral building of the age of Tiberius (A.D. 14-37) built for herself and her family by Eumachia, priestess of Venus: on a high terrace stands the portico, with burial chamber and the back fence.
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