Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town, about 10 km (6 miles) west of Mount Vesuvius. It was destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows from Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. It was buried by almost 20 m (70 ft) of ash and pumice. The deep pyroclastic material which covered it preserved wooden and other organic-based objects such as roofs, beds, doors, food and even some 300 skeletons. Herculaneum was a richer town than Pompeii, so it has more elaborately decorated houses. Archaeological Areas of Pompei and Herculaneum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Its location was lost till it was rediscovered in the late 18th century. It has been excavated ever since. However, most of the town is still buried under modern day Ercolano.

More details are in the Wikipedia entry for Herculaneum

Herculaneum with its burried city is another splendid example of the many sites of Ancient Civilizations that I visited during my travels.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Herculaneum

View Over Herculaneum
View over Herculaneum. You can see that there are at least three levels of buildings. (1129k)
View Over Herculaneum
View over Herculaneum. You can see how deep the excavation is below modern day Ercolano on the right. (1038k)
End Excavated Area
End of the excavated area. There is more buried under modern day Ercolano. (1301k)
Street View Herculaneum
Street view in Herculaneum. (1010k)
Street View Herculaneum
Street view in Herculaneum. (1094k)
Street View Herculaneum
Street view in Herculaneum. (865k)
Column Colonnade Herculaneum
Column colonnade in Herculaneum. (1085k)
Brick Building Herculaneum
Brick building in Herculaneum. (1170k)
Brick Building Often
Brick building. It is often impossible to decide what is original and what is reconstructed. The steel beam over the door on the right is reconstruction. I don't know how much of the wall above the beam is reconstructed, or whether it is all original. (1190k)
Vaulted Building Interior
Vaulted building interior. (873k)
Stone Oven
Stone oven. (850k)
Building Interior Built-in
Building interior with built-in amphorae. (1171k)
Large Pottery Storage
Large pottery storage vessel. (1180k)
Stone Storage Vessel
Stone storage vessel. (1199k)
Building Interior Beautiful
Building interior with beautiful, well preserved frescoes. (952k)
Beautiful Fresco
Beautiful fresco. (815k)
Beautiful Fresco
Beautiful fresco. (756k)
Beautiful Fresco
Beautiful fresco. (827k)
Beautiful Fresco
Beautiful fresco. (847k)
Building Interior Well
Building interior with well preserved frescoes and mosaics. (1133k)
Beautiful Fresco
Beautiful fresco. (822k)
Beautiful Fresco
Beautiful fresco. (787k)
Colorful Mosaic
Colorful mosaic. (1024k)
Colorful Mosaic
Colorful mosaic. (1004k)
Colorful Mosaic
Colorful mosaic. (1048k)
Small Altar Colorful
Small altar with colorful mosaics. (1056k)
Building Interior Well
Building interior with well preserved frescoes and large floor mosaic. (826k)
Closer View Floor
Closer view of the floor mosaic. (961k)
Geometric Design Floor
Geometric design floor mosaic. (951k)
Detailed Fresco
Detailed fresco. (909k)
Geometric Fresco
Geometric fresco. (775k)
Geometric Fresco
Geometric fresco. (839k)
Marble Sign Inscription
Marble sign with inscription. (911k)
Marble Bath
Marble bath. (1255k)
Interior Marble Bathfountain
Interior marble bath/fountain. (935k)
Close-up Marble Table
Close-up of the marble table. (877k)
Display Four Marble
Display of four marble reliefs. (1335k)
Marble Relief Roman
Marble relief of the Roman goddess Minerva (Athene in Greek mythology). (1100k)
Marble Relief Roman
Marble relief of the Roman god Mercury (Hermes in Greek mythology). (1068k)
Marble Relief Mythological
Marble relief with mythological theme, probably Heracles killing the giant Alcyoneus. (1001k)
View Terrace Marcus
View of the terrace of Marcus Nonius Balbus. (1215k)
Marble Memorial Altar
Marble memorial altar for Marcus Nonius Balbus. (1059k)
Small Statue Memorial
Small statue on the memorial altar for Marcus Nonius Balbus. (982k)
Statue Marcus Nonius
Statue of Marcus Nonius Balbus. (1210k)
Marble Water Basin
Marble water basin. (1151k)
Marble Water Basin
Marble water basin. (1184k)
Close-up Marble Water
Close-up of the marble water basin. (1190k)
Skeletons Boat House
Skeletons in the boat house, which was at the shoreline when Vesuvius erupted. (836k)

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