May 17, 2018
By Michael Kramer
Archaeologists excavating an unexplored part of Italy’s volcanic ash-covered city of Pompeii have discovered a whole street of houses with intact balconies – that were buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
Some of the balconies even had amphorae – the conical-shaped terra cotta vases that were used to hold wine and oil – in ancient Roman times.
The culture ministry’s Pompeii authority announced the discovery Thursday – and said the balconies were a “complete novelty” for this part of the buried city – which hasn’t yet been fully excavated.