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Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii


Archaeologists working at Pompeii continue to uncover incredible finds, 270 years since the remains of the ancient city were first discovered.

Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Credit: Sergio Siano/Archaeological site of Pompeii
The latest discovery is a newly unearthed house with brightly coloured animal frescoes, revealed at the site earlier this week.

Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Credit: Sergio Siano/Archaeological site of Pompeii
The residence, which probably belonged to a member of Pompeii's upper class, has been named the House of Dolphins.

Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Credit: Sergio Siano/Archaeological site of Pompeii
As well as the marine mammals that give the site its name, the house's frescoes also show several fish and birds, including a peacock, a partridge, and a parrot. Deer and mythical creatures are also depicted.

Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Credit: Sergio Siano/Archaeological site of Pompeii
Excavations are currently underway in Regio V, a northeastern area of the archaeological park which had not been excavated since the immediate postwar period with some spots completely untouched.

Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Credit: Sergio Siano/Archaeological site of Pompeii
The House of Dolphins was uncovered just a few days after an alleyway of grand houses with mostly intact balconies was found nearby.

Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Spectacular wall frescoes discovered at Pompeii
Credit: Sergio Siano/Archaeological site of Pompeii
Many of the frescoes revealed on Tuesday were painted in characteristic 'Pompeii red', though in some cases experts believe this colour was created when gases from Vesuvius reacted with originally yellow paint.

Source: The Local [May 24, 2018]

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