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Herculaneum was by the 1st century one of a number of towns located around the base of Mount Vesuvius. In the year 79 AC Mount Vesuvius had a very large and powerful eruption, which quickly covered both Herculaneum, the nearby town of Pompeii and the whole area next to Vesuvius with a meter thick layer of aches and rocks. In 1738 excavation of Herculaneum was started and some parts of the town are now visible - even if it now laying in a hole many meters below the normal soil surface in the area.

   

Herculaneum - Ercolano - Napoli - Naples

A look down at a small section of Herculaneum. Looking at the background of this picture it is possible to get an idea about how deep Herculaneum got buried in 79 AC.

A look down at a small section of Herculaneum. Looking at the background of this picture it is possible to get an idea about how deep Herculaneum got buried in 79 AC.
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A 2,000 year old drinking water fountain in Herculaneum.

A 2,000 year old drinking water fountain in Herculaneum.
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Some of the many buildings in Herculaneum. In the background it is possible to get an idea about how deep Herculaneum got buried in 79 AC. The trees are at the edge of the excavation area.

Some of the many buildings in Herculaneum. In the background it is possible to get an idea about how deep Herculaneum got buried in 79 AC. The trees are at the edge of the excavation area. 
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The remains of some of the houses in Herculaneum.

The remains of some of the houses in Herculaneum.
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Some 2,000 year old wall decorations that can be seen in Herculaneum.

Some 2,000 year old wall decorations that can be seen in Herculaneum.
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Some of the many buildings in Herculaneum. In the background it is possible to get an idea about how deep Herculaneum got buried in 79 AC. The trees are at the edge of the excavation area.

Some of the many buildings in Herculaneum. In the background it is possible to get an idea about how deep Herculaneum got buried in 79 AC. The trees are at the edge of the excavation area. 
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