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Pompeii before Rome, new finds.
By recent excavations, near Porta Ercolano, brought to light funerary Samnite and Empire gold coins escaped the clandestine diggers.
A tomb in the limestone slabs, full of his kit at least six black-painted vases (above), has re-emerged from the sands of time after twenty-five centuries. Inside, archaeologists have unearthed the skeleton of an adult man who lived in Pompeii when the town had not yet become a Roman colony.
This new interesting discovery, made in the area of Herculaneum Gate necropolis over the Superintendence of Pompeii in collaboration with the Ecole française de Rome – the Centre Jean Bérard – and the CNRS. The discovery is particularly useful for the reconstruction of the town pre-Roman – between the fifth and fourth centuries BC – Of which up to now still little is known. The discovery comes exactly one year away from that of another grave, right next to this, containing the bones of a woman who perhaps belonged to the same family group. DNA analysis is currently underway, just to test this hypothesis by being excavated scholars.
The Samnite tomb in the excavation phase.
The burial was found, it adds to the rare funerary evidence of pre-Roman times. With these new findings, we will attempt to understand how the Sunnis were inserted in the urban fabric of the city and how to coexist with existing groups, after the great crisis which hit the region. What is certain, in fact, is that at this time in the Italian peninsula there was a large “migration” of peoples, such as Sunni, that from the Apennines in the fifth century BC, began to expand towards the coastal areas of the south . This was made possible according to experts, also as a result of the difficulties that were faced with the Etruscan territories – like Pompeii – after the battle fought in Cuma against Syracusan fleets.