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Surprised by Pompeii, a turtle with an egg comes out of a bargain-lifestyle

(ANSA)-Rome, June 24-(by Silvia Lambertucci).

The shell was almost intact, and the head was as intact as the tail and one leg. The incredibly preserved little tortoise with unspawned eggs is the latest surprise from Pompeii that ANSA can explain in a sneak preview.

Archaeologists find it 0.5 meters deep under the clay floor of a store on Central Della Bondanza Street, where a joint study by the University of Naples Oriental, the University of Freedom Berlin, and the University of Oxford is investigating the gorgeous ruins. The house was destroyed after the 62 AD earthquake and built into the Stavian Baths.

“Pompeii is a fascinating mountain of history,” praises Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini.

This is an important discovery, and Archaeological Park director Gabriel Zuktrigel explained that “the whole Pompeii has turned into one” and people after the earthquake “open the window of the last year of the city.” I am. A big pulsating construction site. “

In this regard, the director says that the town’s ecosystem will change and wildlife will find places in buildings and stores like this in the center of the city.

Anthropologist Valeria Amoretti said, “The turtle apparently broke into the tavern inside the store, burrowing in a protected corner and laying eggs.” ..

The study is still ongoing in the lab, during which time, with the help of students from the University of Naples, the floors and decorations of the magnificent house that originally occupied the space are re-exposed.

Marco Girio of the University of Oriental and Monika Trümper of the University of Berlin say that there were magnificent rooms and courtyards in the center of the city, covering over 900 square meters.

It also features mosaic carpets, the complexity and beauty of which can be compared to those of Villa dei Misteri and Ceres’ homes, valuable with sophisticated and unusual drawings and designs, and in some cases recreate the wonders. To do. Roman architecture like a long aqueduct that appears on the floor of Tabrinium.

It’s amazing that excavations over the past few weeks have been restored by fragments of colorful marble pedestals, small and beautiful terracotta masks, and even painted shells that should have been shown off. Great in some niches.

There are only two fragments left on the wall. Sadly, there is a small but very impressive, II-style elaborate and richly colored mural that was popular in the 1st century AD. And that’s not all. In another corner of the store where the turtle was found, archaeologists found a votive trench, where the entrance to Domus was originally supposed to be. Auspicious and votive house for the wreckage of burned wood and the gods.

This was a very widespread practice in the Roman world, says Girio, but it has never been possible to do much research in Pompeii. Among the burnt debris was a broken ora that contained an offering, along with a small lamp. And from this dating back to the 1st century BC, Girio explains, “I got evidence that this house was actually built in the first half of the 1st century BC.”

Perhaps shortly after 80 BC, he adds when he suffers from the resentment that the city was transformed into a Roman colony after the siege of Sulla.

The mystery of who was the wealthy owner remains. Perhaps a Roman official, a military official, or a Pompeian man who helped Surah. The professor does not come down to either side of the discussion. “It was certainly a prominent figure in Pompeii’s life,” he replies. “For now, I can’t say any more. I hope to learn more in the next excavation in 2023.”

It is not yet known why this wonderful dwelling was destroyed on the ground 150 years after its construction. Again, you can only grasp the hypothesis. Probably because the damage was too great for the earthquake, it was expensive and inconvenient to rebuild. Or perhaps, as documented in other cases in Pompeii, the horrors endured by the quake persuaded owners to move to places they consider safer. Alternatively, the family who built it may have fallen into a social crossbar in the meantime. What is certain at this point is that the luxury of a plunge in real estate market prices after the earthquake has been transferred to the ownership of the municipal government, which has made it possible to freely use the baths that have decided to invest heavily. , Running water, water nymph scene, and a large new bathing area with the ultra-modern and ultra-technical equipment of the time.

There is no doubt that archaeologist Monika Trümper, a bathhouse expert and head of the German group. Attack Pompeii a little later “(ANSA).

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