But that will have to wait for a future post. Stay tuned, this is going to be a spectacular tour.
Friday, October 31, 2008
This first photo is taken on the ramp, looking towards the statue of Marco Nonio Balbo. What you are looking at in this photo used to be oceanfront villas and, on the lower level, boat houses. The dirt area to the right of the photo was beach two thousand years ago. When Herculaneum was first being excavated, it was thought that most everyone had escaped the city since few skeletons were found. In 1982, the boat houses were excavated and 250 skeletons were discovered. It appears that the residents had tried to escape the volcano's wrath by fleeing to the ocean.