Dozens of items recovered from the wreckage of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by the Vesuvius volcano the year 79 after the common age, will leave Italy for the first time the next spring in 2013, those items will be exposed in the British Museum in London.
Jewelry, furniture and even charred food remains were preserved under the volcanic ash, the exhibition will show snippets of the everyday life for nearly 2,000 years ago in those two cities, located in the vicinity of modern Naples, said Thursday the London museum.
Pompeii and Herculaneum, with streets which remain intact, buildings and remains of people who were surprised by the eruption of Vesuvius, are a source of fascination for both archaeologists and tourists, and receives an average of 6,000 visits daily, with peaks up to 20,000 visitors during the summer.
Part of this historical legacy can be seen in the British Museum in an exhibition with over 250 objects that illustrate details of public life and family privacy in the old Roman life.
The British Museum also displays peppercorns that archaeologists found in the drains of the houses of Pompeii, carbonized figs, a lamp, and various paintings that decorated the walls of the buildings about 2,000 years ago.
All these objects – “extraordinary rarities” were burned by the high temperatures of the ashes (between 400 and 500 degrees Celsius), which has allowed their preservation.
A family of two adults and two children were found embraced under stairs, as they tried to protect themselves from the heat, and were fixed to the story in that position as you can see on the picture on the top right corner of this article.