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The town of Herculaneum (in italiano Ercolano), was yet seriously damaged by the earthquake of 62 aJC., and was destroyed by the eruption of the Vesuvius of 79, which covered it with a considerable mass of mud, ashes and other eruptive matters herculaneumpulled by water, penetrating in each opening of the city, was solidified in a layer compacts and hard from 15 to 20 meters.

These particular circumstances, which led to the burial of Herculanum, of dimensioned returned the excavations and still make them very difficult, and on the other side, they allowed the matter conservation perishable, as wood, the papyruses and even the food.

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Map of Herculaneum

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